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I just wanted to write a quick note about a study done in the UK recently which looked at IBS and 'suicide ideation', or how likely sufferers are to contemplate suicide.The study found that when IBS is at its worst, and sufferers have been referred to gastro specialists, a full 38% of patients have contemplated suicide.This is a terrible statistic, but I also think it is important to have discovered it because it shows just how devastating IBS can be.So next time someone says "It's just your IBS" tell them that it's actually a very serious condition indeed...and we deserve all the support we can get.
 

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I think thats true because IBS is for most of us a chronic condition. "Flareups" can and do last for years. It can be very depressing, especially so IMO because of the feeling of "lack of control" over ones life that often occurs w/IBS.I really don't think there are many people, including Dr's who really "get it" about IBS. IMO they would need to walk in our shoes to really understand IBS.
 

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Just read through the Blog, and saw a mention about a problem with Mouthwash/toothpaste! May not be the flouride, but most mouthwash or toothpaste has Sorbital in it, and this is a trigger for me! Take a look, you may be surprised!
 

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i can relate to everything thats been said, if im being honest i have contemplated suicide on many occasion, with one unsuccesful attempt.ibs did play a big part in my depression, but other major factors nearly drove me to lose my sanity.your right sophie ibs is not taken seriously in the uk (i cant comment on any other part of the world) im living proof that ibs is a bloody big joke to a lot of peeps, and after today i have still been turned down for disability because ibs is seen as something that you can live with without any financial help. I think the law needs to be changed in that ibs can be seen as an illness that has some degree of disability..
 

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Anything that continues unabated for as far as you can see and strips you of control of your life and dignity of person would give anyone pause to consider what value there may be in carrying on. If it hadn't been for the joy I felt in my work for the first 6 years of it, I can't imagine why I would have carried on. The last four, with economic failure piled on top of ibs...I frequently thought of jumping off one of the bridges on my way home. Don't know what kept me going but I am sure glad I did.Mark
 

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Hi Sophie - is this the source of this study? I am working on a project re IBS and psychological issues when having IBS for an extended amount of time and this would be an excellent resource. Thanks muchly.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...0&dopt=AbstractClin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2004 Dec;2(12):1064-8.Suicidal ideation in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.Miller V, Hopkins L, Whorwell PJ.Department of Gastroenterology, South Manchester University Hospital, UK.BACKGROUND & AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) traditionally is considered as more of a nuisance than having especially serious consequences. However, this is not the picture witnessed in tertiary care where we have encountered some tragic cases, prompting an assessment of suicidal ideation in such patients. METHODS: One hundred follow-up, tertiary care IBS (tIBS) patients were compared with 100 secondary IBS (sIBS), 100 primary IBS (pIBS) care patients, and 100 patients with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Patients were asked if they had either seriously contemplated or attempted suicide specifically because of their bowel problem as opposed to other issues. The hospital anxiety depression score was recorded, as were other clinical details on all patients. RESULTS: A total of 38% of tIBS patients had contemplated suicide because of their symptoms compared with 16% and 4% in the sIBS and pIBS groups (tIBS vs. sIBS vs. pIBS, P = .002, P < .001). The figure for IBD was 15% (tIBS v. IBD, P < .001). Five tIBS and 1 IBD patient had attempted suicide for gastrointestinal reasons. Mean depression scores did not exceed threshold (10) in the sIBS group contemplating suicide (9.7), but were increased in the equivalent tIBS group (11.7). Hopelessness because of symptom severity, interference with life, and inadequacy of treatment were highlighted as crucial issues for all IBS patients. CONCLUSIONS: IBS has the potential for a fatal outcome from suicide with depression not accounting for all the variance in suicidal ideation. Our observations emphasize the level of hopelessness felt by these patients and the need for improvement in the services provided to them.PMID: 15625650 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
 

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Thanks Marilyn, that's the one! I'd read about it in the latest issue of Gut Reaction, which is the newsletter of the UK IBS Network, but they don't tend to put their articles online so I couldn't put a link in. So thanks for your help, that's great.
 
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