Nearly 30% of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) reported considerable relief after 4 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and the vast majority sustained these improvements for 3 months, according to a study published in the April issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health – May 5, 2010
Talking about IBS with a cognitive-behavioral therapist in a therapy setting can bring symptom relief, i.e. less pain and discomfort, in as little as four weeks. Another bit of evidence that IBS is connected to one’s way of thinking, since it can be relieved by a psychotherapy that focuses of modifying thoughts and beliefs to induce change in behavior.