I know that "they" frequently say that IBS is a mind-body illness, and that it's often related to child abuse. If you're okay with sharing it here, does anyone else have these experiences? Here's how I think child abuse contributed to my IBS...I was physically abused but not sexually abused.I think part of my IBS stems from my mom's major hang-ups about bowel movements and some of the abuse I endured during potty-training. My mom beat the living daylights out of me when I was 3-- I ended up in the hospital because I "fell down the stairs"-- because I pooped in my pants. I never forgot that. I really ingrained the idea that pooping was really, really, really bad.Mom also forbade any of her kids to defecate in public places; if we were on a vacation for a week, we weren't allowed to poop in the hotel bathroom. So I learned how to "hold it" for days, even weeks, at a time. I wonder if my bowels eventually stopped working right because I suppressed the urge to poop all the time.Even as an adult, I can't go at all in a public bathroom because I've still got my mom's idea that it's really horrible and embarrassing and that only trashy people poop in public bathrooms. I haven't talked to my doctor about the role that some of these issues might play, since they're so personal.I hope it's okay for me to share it here. Can anyone share their experiences (or at least say something so I don't feel completely awkward and over-exposed?) Were you abused during childhood, and do you think it might have contributed to your problems? Did anyone else get the poop-shaming factor?