Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

Treating Anxiety And Depression Is Important When You Suffer From Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Julio Carr

You're already doing everything that you know how to do in order to treat your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); you're following the right diet, eliminating foods that aggravate the symptoms, exercising, taking your medication and doing whatever else the doctor tells you. However, have you sought treatment for the anxiety and depression that often accompanies IBS? If not, you might be missing an important part of treatment. This is what you should know.

The Connection Between Depression, Anxiety, And IBS

If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you're already excruciatingly familiar with the abdominal pain and cramps, plus the gas, bloating, and sudden bouts of diarrhea. The fear of IBS flare-ups can cause you to withdraw socially, avoid family functions, skip out on church, and just lose interest in the things you used to enjoy.

After all, how can you make plans with other people when you know your IBS may have you racing for the bathroom in the middle of something? You can't concentrate on anything when you're always feeling sick and in pain, either. And many people find the gas and diarrhea to be embarrassing, and don't want to discuss what's making them sick, even with close friends. 

All of those aspects of IBS can combine and leave you feeling depressed and constantly anxious about the next flare-up. In turn, the anxiety and depression can combine to trigger your sensitive intestinal system into another attack and cause the IBS to flare.

At some point, the psychological and physical affects can begin to cycle back and forth, leaving you miserable most of the time.

Types Of Psychological Treatment That Can Help IBS

It doesn't matter whether your IBS came first or the depression and anxiety came first. Treating both is the only sure way to break the cycle between them.

Treatment with antidepressants may become necessary in order to control your IBS. However, antidepressants aren't just directed at treating the psychological distress caused by IBS. Some antidepressants can alter the way that your brain perceives pain, reducing the physical distress you're suffering.

Antidepressants aren't necessarily the only way to treat the psychological aspects of IBS. Other types of treatment that may be useful include:

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy, which can help you reduce negative thinking and anxiety in order to reduce the symptoms of stress on your body.
  • psychotherapy, which can help you deal with feelings of frustration and embarrassment over your IBS.
  • biofeedback, which can help you gain direct control over abdominal muscle spasms and the pain that you feel.
  • mindful-based stress reduction, which can help you learn to calm yourself, focus on the positives in the present, and avoid getting emotionally "stuck" on past events in ways that are unproductive and only produce more stress.

Research has shown that as many as 90% of IBS patients suffer from some sort of disorder like anxiety or depression as well. It's easy to understand why. Treating the anxiety and depression as a disorder that's connected to your IBS may be as important as making dietary changes and following any other recommended treatment in order to get your symptoms under control. For more information on depression/anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome treatments, talk to a local doctor. 


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Elderly Care: Helping You Deal With the Dying Process

As an elderly care worker, I have witnessed the deaths of many individuals. I have seen family members become angry, sad, and completely silent at the end. I have also seen individuals refuse to see family members out of denial. People deal with death in different ways, and the strong emotions are often unfamiliar and scary. If you have a parent or grandparent who is elderly, then I want to share with you what I know about end of life care and dying process. We are a society that does not talk about death, and this can cause great pain when a family member dies. Learn about the process and find out how to deal with your own emotions and how to love your family members at the end. If there is only a small amount of time left, then I want you to cherish the final moments.

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