I think my IBS is in part anxiety/stress related. I do have anxiety and panic attack issues but I think I have gotten over them. And I'm a terrible hyperchondriac (even I can admit it now) in the past 6 months I've 'had', a brain tumor, MS, gallbladder disease, menigitis and a heart attack which I ended up in ER with wasting everyones time. I know I'm stupid and irrational and looking time I laugh at how stupid I was but at the time it feels really real and I get very scared and panicked. Anyways, the stomach problems have been the only constant I guess (probably since I was 12-13 I started getting cramps and D). The doctor diagnosed me with IBS when I was younger but I never took the meds. I have been really paranoid about taking any sort of medication for a long time actually. My doctor would have liked to put me on anti-depressants at one point but I really don't like putting things into my body. I take paracetamol now but for a long time I wouldn't touch even that. But I really think I've put that behind me now and my symptoms are so bad now I'm willing to try anything to make them stop. It's weird because I only had episodes maybe once or twice a month for a day or so before but this time it's been really bad and the weird thing is that it's come at a time when I was really happy with my life and in a good place. But then this had to happen and ruin what was a good thing. I can get counselling but I don't really know what I'd say and I'm not sure it would help. I've tried it a few times before but it didn't really help me. I don't want to take antidepressants either because people really do seem to become dependant on them.