Irvine Counseling and Hypnosis is located in Irvine, CA, and currently doing online appointments to surrounding communities of California
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a condition that, in many severe cases, affects every aspect of an individual's life. 10-15 % of adults in the US have this condition, and 70% of those with IBS are women, and IBS is common around the world.The symptoms of IBS include:recurrent abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort, and changes in bowel functioning such as diarrhea, constipation or a combination of both. A diagnosis by a physician (Gastroenterologist) is thef first step to distinguish IBS from other GI disorders. From the time of diagnosis by a physician, clients report having had IBS as long as many years. Some of my clients have reported feeling as if they are being held hostage by this condition, in terms of what they should eat, and needing to stay at home, just in case their symptoms flare up. Medications from physicians for those with more severe symptoms have proved only partially helpful. It is not uncommon for individuals with IBS to search for other complimentary treatments. In the research, the two most beneficial treatments for IBS are cited as hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
In my practice, we use the protocol by Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D, because his protocol has had an excellent success rate. Dr. Palsson is a Clinical Psychologist, and Associate Professor of Medicine, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a result, I have had an 85% success rate, either in reducing the symptoms, or with a few clients, complete remission.
“Although IBS is probably not caused by stress directly, it is well established from research that psychological stress increases the symptoms of many people who have the disorder. If the mind can have such a powerful negative influence on the intestinal tract, it would seem to make sense that the mind could be used to have a positive or calming influence on the intestines.” Olafur S. Palsson, Psy.D.
For further information about Dr. Palsson's research, please go to www.ibshypnosis.com