PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH IN THE MANAGEMENT OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH IN THE MANAGEMENT OF IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (Abstract): Irritable bowel syndrome has a worldwide prevalence that affects up to 10-15% adults of all ages, being related with a significant health care and economic involvement. The factors that play a role in the alteration of the brain-gut axis include genetic predisposition, an intestinal infection prior to symptoms onset, or chronic stressful life events. People with IBS should discuss with the gastroenterologist in developing a management plan to address these issues effectively and improve quality of life. An important step for the diagnosis is to look for symptoms and signs that are suggestive for other conditions, like inflammatory bowel disease, or celiac disease. The treatment for IBS includes life style changes, medication, counseling with psychological and behavioral therapies.
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