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Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the first step to beatingit.

One in six people suffer from IBS, with pain, bloating,constipation and diarrhoea, often accompanied by other, similarsymptoms. Although very common, doctors have been unable to find anorganic cause, which can make some people feel they must beimagining it.

Simon Darnley and Barbara Millar have written this guide forsufferers and anyone who wants to know more about this unpleasantand embarrassing condition. They provide a balanced overview of thedifferent explanations available and the range of treatments to befound, from special diets and cutting out certain foods, to drugsand alternative therapies.

Packed with the stories of real people, and full of practicaladvice and sources of useful information, UnderstandingIrritable Bowel Syndrome shows you that although there are nomiracle cures, IBS doesn't have to ruin your life.

About the Author

Simon Darnley is a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) and researcher with over fifteen years’ experience. For seven years he was a tutor in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. He has recently completed a large research trial using cognitive behavioral therapy for IBS. He is currently team manager for Prisma Health, a private company specializing in the treatment of long-term disabilities. He is also a part-time magician and comedian.

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CBT doesn't change organic disease July 6 2005
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Like many other people, the author is confused about this organic gaestrointestinal disorder.

Although the "psychosocial" idea that the mind and the body cannot be separated is trendy, and accurate in some areas, organic medical diseases for which biomedical research shows why patients have the symptoms they do is completely unrelated. Symptoms aren't medically unexplained just because some psychiatrists and doctors don't like "reductionist" or traditional medicine explanations.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), although effective in helping most people cope better, was never designed as a treatment or cure for organic medical diseases.

Changing your attitude or beliefs can do wonders for just about anyone, including psychiatrists and psychologists, but it can't even cure acne, much less pain or neurological disorders.

If you have ME/CFS then you may not have IBS at all. Harvard researchers have objectively proven that nearly all people with this neuroimmune disorder have autonomic deregulation. One of the most noticable symptoms of which is dizziness upon standing. However, constipation is also a common symptom of autonomic disorders such as POTS, Orthostatic Intolerance, NMH etc.

No matter what your medical illness, be sure you see a competent physician who keeps up with the biomedical research. Psychology is a great subspecialty, but unlike chocolate it isn't great with everything.