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9 Reasons People With IBS Need to Look After Their Mental Health

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Your gut is super sensitive


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Stress and IBS are directly linked


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The IBS/stress link is backed by science


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Psychiatric diagnoses are common in IBS patients


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Anxiety can trigger IBS symptoms


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Depression may cause constipation


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It’s often a vicious circle


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Controlling stress helps ease IBS symptoms


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Seeking help for mental illness is good for your gut


Claire Gillespie

Claire Gillespie

southpawclaire

Claire Gillespie writes about mental health, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis and IBS for HealthCentral. She is a passionate about mental health awareness, and also writes about health and wellness for other sites, including Vice, SELF, Zocdoc, Reader’s Digest, and Healthline. You can follow her on Twitter @southpawclaire.