A breakthrough after years
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I had high hopes for the Bolen book but I did not really find that it told me anything new, unfortunately. I have plenty of emotional stress in my life but I rarely stress out significantly over my IBS symptoms so I did not see much I could do with CBT in that area. (I already apply CBT techniques for my more general anxiety and depression.)
I just realized today how I was wrong! In my head, on some level, I'm always thinking about my symptoms, worrying about what will trigger them, anticipating how I'll react to any food, tensing my body up the whole time. I've started trying to practise self-talk, basically telling myself that there's nothing to worry about, that there's really no logical reason for me to have IBS, and am trying to stay relaxed.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:48 PM
Hi, CBT makes sense to me. It takes years for us to develop a way of thinking. I have experienced that meals and having to eat has become a stress factor. i become anxious at the idea of having to eat out. I have wondered if IBS is not also somehow related to repressed emotions. I wonder if we dont avoid certain issues and emotions and at a point our bodies just respond in order to inform us there is something wrong. I would like to hear your opinions about this.
Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:58 AM
I don't think just repressing an emotion and nothing else will cause IBS. I'm a big believer in the GI viruses or other physical issues get the IBS going. Your thoughts or emotions are not going to damage the nervous system of the gut all by themselves.
That being said. We do develop over time for various reasons particular thought patterns and coping mechanisms to avoid emotions we don't want to deal with. Those patterns may interact with the IBS and make it worse than it has to be.
Altering these patterns may help relieve symptoms if you can get to a new pattern that tends to help the body calm the symptoms down rather than one that tends to ramp the symptoms up or maintain them once they start.