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I have recently been diagnosed with IBS. I am an extremely anxious person and have suffered Panic attacks, Ive been on anti depresents to. The Doctor tells me (More than 1) that my anxiety is making my symptoms worse. Im terrified. For the last 4-5 weeks ive been having Cramps/Gnawing in my lower abdomen, Loose Watery/Clumpy stools. All my blood tests, Heart tests ect came back good. Does Stress (Extreme Stress I might add) Give you IBS? Doctor has given my Mebeverine which does seem to help. I dont have the pain constantly all day. Normally I find that when I wake up theres nothing there but as the day wears on I constantly think about my stomach and it comes back. Am I crazy? Anything you could add to calm my already active mind would be a great helpAndrew
 

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Oh forgot to mention. Also there sending me to CBT. Is this the right way to go? If the doctor thought there was something else wrong would they be be more concerned. Im just teriffed that because of my previous Anxiety problems that there not taking me seriously! Good please help me im on my last straw. I cant cope with it anymore. the constant fear. (All day everyday thinking about my stomach) Is driving my over the edge. My panic has rissen again to almost unbearable lvls. I dont want to be a pain but I dont know where else to turn. Im constantly scouring the websites for my symptoms (As you can imagine this makes me feel worse!) If you read this I dont want u to think of me as a madman. Any input you can give will greatly ease my mind.Regards Andrew
 

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Stress can trigger IBS symptoms. I don't think it would cause it all by itself, but stress and anxiety make it a lot worse than it otherwise would be.Anxiety can also trigger diarrhea I think without it being IBS.I did CBT for my IBS and it did me a world of good. It is also a very good treatment for anxiety.K.
 

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I too have had some major anxiety issues and felt that people haven't taken me seriously because they think it's "all in my head". I am also on antidepressents which seem to be helping with the panic attaks. But that has not fixed my IBS symptoms. Right now I am waiting to see the GI specialist so that they can rule out other stuff before diagnosing me. The waiting period is feeding the anxiety though. But NO you are not crazy and you are not alone.
 

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quote:Does Stress (Extreme Stress I might add) Give you IBS?
It doesn't give you IBS but it might give you diarrhea. Do you also suffer from chronic fatigue?
quote:Anything you could add to calm my already active mind would be a great help
CBT might indeed help but if you have external stressors pounding on you all day it might not be enough. How old are you?
quote:If you read this I dont want u to think of me as a madman.
Don't worry, I've been where you are! Same goes for so many other people in this message board.
 

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Stress and anxiety are actually different.In Post Infectious IBS stress can contribute to the development of IBS.However stress does not cause IBS.Dealing With Stresshttp://ibsgroup.org/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f...261/m/162105482Another treatment for IBS that can be very effective is gut directed Hypnotherapy for IBS.CBT is also a treatment for IBS. There are options.FYICOGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY FOR IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROMEThere is an old saying that if you give a child a fish, you feed that child for a day, but if you teach a child to fish, they are fed for a lifetime. In accordance with this old proverb, Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that strives to actively teach people skills and strategies that they can use to help themselves feel better. A considerable amount of research indicates that CBT is effective in helping to reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.Many people wonder how psychotherapy can help IBS if IBS is a physical disorder. One of the major triggers that can set off or exacerbate IBS is stress. In addition, IBS is a very stressful disorder to live with. CBT provides an individual with tools for combating stress, reducing the anxiety response and thus calming the GI system.The cognitive therapy part of CBT helps individuals to identify, challenge and replace unhealthy thought patterns. When we are thinking clearly, we are able to deal with the world in a calm, rational manner. However, our thinking often gets distorted, due to our personalities, our past history, our emotional state or lack of information. When thinking gets distorted it can lead to excessive emotional reactions. For an individual with IBS, these thought distortions may lead to an anxiety response that can trigger symptoms. For example, if a person with IBS thinks “My stomach is rumbling. Uh, oh! I know I am going to be sick. What is I can’t make it to the bathroom? This is terrible!”, that person is going to experience anxiety and perhaps set off the very symptoms they are afraid of. If instead, the person thinks, “Just because my stomach is making some noise does not necessarily mean I am going to have symptoms. I will just focus on what I am doing and see what happens”, that person will remain calm and be less likely to stimulate their digestive system.The behavioral aspect of CBT involves skill training. Relaxation techniques, including deep breathing skills and progressive muscle relaxation, help the individual to reduce the physiological symptoms of anxiety. An anxiety reaction can be likened to a home security alarm. Relaxation techniques send the message to the body that there is no emergency and that the alarm can be shut off. CBT for IBS may also include skill training in assertion and anger management, as research has shown that IBS patients often have difficulty in these areas.IBS can wreak havoc on a person’s quality of life. CBT helps IBS sufferers to regain a sense of control over their life. With the skills gained in CBT, one no longer needs to be a passive victim of this disruptive disorder, but can now actively use strategies which are effective in reducing the frequency, intensity and duration of IBS symptoms. Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.bbolen###optonline.netAuthor of:Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel SyndromeNew Harbinger Publications (2000)http://www.ibshealth.com/ibstreatments.htm
 

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You might want to read these also and ask your doctor? I would start with the CBT first however.Hypnotherapy for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders By: Peter J. Whorwell, M.D., University Hospital of South Manchester, England http://www.aboutibs.org/Publications/hypnosis.htmlHypnosis Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome By: Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D., Research Associate, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://www.aboutibs.org/Publications/HypnosisPalsson.htmlIBS informationhttp://hopkins-gi.nts.jhu.edu/pages/latin/...se=43&lang_id=1
 

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Welcome Andrew - You can read more about CBT in the forum below - it has helped many folks here deal very well with their IBS.You can also read about clinical hypnotherapy as well - this works subconsciously and can be helpful in breaking that "automatic" mind-gut connection of just thinking about something and then getting the IBS symptoms.All the best to you and again welcome.
 

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Anxiety can cause IBS. I am much more likely to have a bout of D if I am anxious. In college, I was a wreck in the classes where I knew I was not allowed to go to the bathroom. I had a math class where the bathroom was right next door and the teacher let us go and it was one of my calmest, best classes.My IBS used to only come when I was anxious. The last year or maybe even few years that has changed. I can now get it when I am at home and relaxed.
 
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