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How many people feel that IBS is a source of depressive bouts in their lives? Have you ever lost a day of work because of depression stemming from IBS? I know I have in the past...
 
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Ken, yes I do feel very depressed lately with the bouts. I haven't noticed it in the past as much. I have a toddler now, and truly love being active with her, my students, husband, etc. I feel sad and angry that my acitivities are compromised due to this condition! I haven't missed work yet, but have had to call on the way, and say I would be late due to making a second trip....Have you considered talking to a therapist about the emotional end of this "thing?" I have just been thinking of it recently.
 

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Of course! But, I'm not really a "depressed" type of person - I usually "snap out of it" very quickly. But, from time to time, I do get a bit depressed and stressed from this darn IBS! Who wouldn't??!!
 
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I think that by its chronic nature Ibs can be very discouraging and depressing. It is always there if only in the back of my mind. When I think about this condition having such control over my activities and my life in general I can't help but be depressed. I find that at least in my case there is balance, it isn't always horrible, but I can surely relate to not wanting to get out of bed some days, and just wishing I didn't have to deal with it, cause it takes so much effort sometimes and I would rather expend my energy on something else. ------------------Nancy
 
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My doctor told me that IBS is worse with deppression, so is heartburn and every other kind of stomach disorder. Yes I get really depressed when I have bouts with it.I feel like a failure, because sometimes I go for months and it won't bother me and then bamall of a sudden there it is and I,m trying to figure out what triggered it again.My doc also says that it can be seasonal and I think she is right!!!!!!!!!
 
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teacher: Welcome to this wonderful BB! I read your personals and found that you live in Illinois. My dad is from Rushville, IL. The name of your town slips me but do you know Rushville and where is your town in relation to that town? You don't advertise an E-mail address but you could E-mail me and let me know. I also know that I could look on a map or in my Atlas. (I just don't feel like it.)Also, I have a BME and am unemployed due to many factors (including,well, just everything). But I play organ and sing in church and that keeps me going.Now about the topic at hand.I don't know if my depressive bouts are caused by IBS or if it is the other way around. I am taking Bentyl and have added more fiber to my diet and I go pretty well most of the time (but the last two days were trying) and it was very depressing.I never knew that I would become like this; it is like my life took a total 180 (or is it 360) and the medical bills are starting to pile up. Anybody know that feeling? Even with health insurance of sorts - our budget is BULGING out the seams! And now the parish down here in LA wants to go to school uniforms. Well, they are going to have to buy them for me because I don't buy clothes for my daughter anyway. She has two sets of twin nieces that give her their clothes so I never buy anyway. It is not in our budget to buy clothes. Imagine that. Well, I am off of the IBS subject - but maybe my negativity goes right along with my bloated gut! Any feedback on that?No more rambling,AMF
 
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Of course IBS is depressing. I have always suffered bouts of depression and anxiety long before the IBS but let me tell you the IBS sure doesn't help matters any. Due to feeling like #### a lot of the time and feeling like treatment options are limited any normal person would have periods of depression. This very common with illnesses of all types. ------------------I may seem angry 'cause I amI might sound sad 'cause I amMy words may ring with joybecause I am glad,The beauty is that I AM!!!I AM!!I AM!!--- Hope
 
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Not to discourage anyone but... At one time I did see a *shrink* and I'd have to say this woman wasn't always an advocate, sometimes she was downright abusive in her negativity. If you see a headshrinker make sure you find a decent person cause a lot of um are psychos!
 
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