Help for IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Therapy in Brighton & Hove: Covering Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Eastbourne, Shoreham, Chichester, Horsham.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is thought to affect as many as one in five of the population at any one time. Its symptoms can vary from person to person but typically one or more of the following symptoms may be experienced:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating – persistent or occasional / recurring
  • Flatulence
  • Abdominal pain or cramps, either generalised or specific
  • Discomfort or difficulty swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Noisy, gurgling stomach (may be loud enough to cause social embarrassment)
  • Variable, erratic and unpredictable bowel habits
  • Short stabbing pains in the rectum
  • Passing urine more often
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Anxiety and stress-related symptoms

IBS is a condition that is often hidden by the person experiencing its symptoms. The media is certainly trying to move us towards a point where we are more comfortable talking about bloating, stomach cramps, constipation or diarrhoea; however, if you have irritable bowel syndrome, you will know how difficult it can be to talk about what can be very embarrassing symptoms. For example, how do you tell the person interviewing you that you have excessive flatulence? How do you explain to the coach driver that you need to stop for the toilet….again, having only been 5 minutes previously, say? How do you leave in the middle the funeral to find a toilet? Or how do you tell your new partner that you dare not go on a trip in case you experience a bout of IBS?

If you are someone with IBS, you will also know only too well that the symptoms can sometimes seriously affect and limit your ability to enjoy life to the full. It is the severity and frequency of symptoms that can be most troublesome and intrusive for people and it is a condition that can be notoriously difficult to treat successfully medically.

Despite this, there are many cures and treatments recommended by the ‘experts’ and these include a large number of medications and herbal treatments (e.g. for diarrhoea, constipation, cramps and flatulence or bloating); dietary changes and restrictions; exercises – different types of exercise seem to be ‘in vogue’ at different times (e.g. yoga is currently experiencing an elevated status as the exercise ‘cure’); and lifestyle changes or restrictions.

However, the disappointing reality for people with IBS is that, of the many treatments listed above, (which are variable and often disappointing in their treatment outcomes), all aim to treat the symptoms, rather than removing, resolving or overcoming the root cause(s) of the IBS. This will mean that the person will always be likely to have a susceptibility to IBS, the symptoms of which perhaps could be moderated with one treatment or another but that may always return. Undertaking therapy can help uncover and resolve emotional issues which are often the cause of IBS symptoms.


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Brighton & Hove Therapy – providing professional therapy services to the people of Brighton, Hove, Haywards Heath, Shoreham, Worthing, Chichester, Horsham, Lewes and Eastbourne.

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