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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

With symptoms of abdominal or epigastric pain, diarrhea or constipation, gas, bloating and distention, IBS is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints affecting 10-20% of the US population. However, this statistic may be an underrepresentation, as only 25-35% of people with IBS seek medical treatment. Furthermore, research suggests that it manifests in women 2-3 times more frequently than in men. In recognition of the unique emotional and medical challenges that women with IBS must face, JHIMDC is offering a complement to regular medical care for IBS: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Group for Women with IBS.

CBT is a health promoting therapy in which patients and therapist work together as a team to recognize and work toward solving patients problems. Therapists help patients to overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior and emotional response to a specific health issue [1]. CBT has been shown in clinical trials to be effective as an adjunct treatment for IBS.

This group is designed specifically to help women who suffer from this condition; the group provides an opportunity for women to share their experiences living with IBS and to find support from other women dealing with the same issues, in a warm, caring, and open environment. The group will help participants to identify, analyze, and change the negative and sometimes distorted thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are caused by, and enable the symptoms of IBS; and to deal with the social stigma and shame associated with the symptoms of IBS. CBT will teach participants to discover and put into practice more effective ways of coping with IBS, with the eventual goal of reducing symptoms and consequently improving their lives.

Please call 410-828-3585 to schedule your appointment.