Study finds psychological therapies to provide long term benefits for IBS

Vanderbilt University published a news release on 12-28-15 about research finding that psychotherapy as long term benefits for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  The news release notes that IBS is a typical condition that involves both the mind and the body. The study analyzed the results of IBS treatment using several psychological interventions, including CBT, relaxation, and hypnosis. The results found no significant differences between the effectiveness of different types of psychotherapy. Surprisingly, it also found that the length of treatment or the number of sessions did not impact the results. This brief report, which was posted on Ken Pope’s helpful psychology posting service, is a brief summary which is worth reading for those who are interested in this sort of information.  The article includes a link to the original article, published in the Journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, but this links appears to not work.

This information may be helpful for mental health professionals interested in providing integrative care services, and may be used to market services with primary care providers and other medical specialists and organizations.

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