Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unrecognized Severity
Unfortunately, irritable bowel is still regarded by both the medical profession and the unaffected population at large, as more of a nuisance than anything particularly serious. In addition, it is frequently dismissed as a purely psychological condition that should not be taken too seriously, especially as it is not life threatening. As a result of this rather negative perception, patients often feel stigmatized, trivialized, and isolated. A discussion of why individuals with IBS deserve more support from the medical community as well as improved therapeutic options. Reviewed 2009.