I was diagnoised with IBS five years ago, and in that time I can not deal with it any better. At the time my docter said I would just have to with it! Some help!!I suffer from regular attacks of the D's. Theses are nearly always brought on by nerves and stress. Which in turn causes more stress and panic. and the cycle continues....I never go out much anymore because of the attacks and feeling so self-conscious. When I do go out I try and control the bouts with Imodium. But I do relie on these, and I am not sure wether they could cause me any long term health damage???My boyfriend has been quite supportive, but he doesnt really understand what I am going through. I think it does annoy him when while on a simple shopping trip, I spend most of the time needing and searching for a toilet. And I can never relax, and enjoy myself. It does help if I know we are near a toilet.I think he would like it if we could go out and enjoy ourselves, with me looking so ridgid and to have a smile on my face.!! Why is it so hard? Why does it always happen when I want to enjoy myself? Why do I feel so alone?I have started to take peppermint capsules. But I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions ? I was also wondering about Hypnotherapy and Acupuncture, would they calm my stress levels in stessful environments????