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Irritable Bowel Syndrome & the Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection
by William B. Salt II, MD

THE BRAIN-GUT CONNECTION

Stress
Psychological stress or emotional responses to life stress can influence GI function in anyone through the Brain-Gut Connection and produce GI symptoms such as pain and altered bowel function. But people with a functional GI disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome are more likely to experience symptoms which are more severe and occur more frequently.

Psychological Consequences of Having a Functional GI Disorder
Any chronic illness, including one of the functional GI disorders, can have significant psychosocial consequences such as:

  • Reduced sense of health and well-being
  • Constant concerns related to cause of the symptoms and how to control them
  • Problems with activities of daily living o Problems with interpersonal relationships with family, friends, and co-workers
  • Disability with missed work days. Remember, irritable bowel syndrome is the second leading cause of industrial absenteeism in the United States.

Irritable bowel syndrome and other functional GI disorders cause symptoms and discomfort ranging from mild and inconvenient to severe, resulting in incapacitation and disability. Current evidence shows that many people with irritable bowel syndrome lead restricted lives in multiple areas: diet, social activities, and energy level, without much relief from current health-care practices and medications.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & The
Mind-Body/Brain-Gut Connection
by William B. Salt II, MD
ISBN: 0965703894
Paperback / 304 Pages

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