Stress Management and IBD: A Viable Option?

There is increasing research evidence that psychological stress and the mood disorders that often accompany it are linked with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). While emerging trial evidence supports the suggestion that psychotherapy may improve IBD-associated mood disorders, some data indicate that stress management has a beneficial effect on the course of IBD. Unfortunately, there is insufficient research to determine which, when and how stress management interventions should be offered to individual patients with IBD to ensure the best possible outcome.

Expert Review of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2009;3(6):661-79.