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Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Symptom Based Psychology for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

How do we understand the many studies that show an increase in negative moods like anxiety or depression in those suffering from functional gastrointestinal (GI) and pain conditions? Are these psychological factors an important cause for the development and/or maintenance of symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other functional GI disorders? Or are they a result of maybe years of disrupted life activities and frequent periods of intolerable symptoms? 

Topics: Brain-Gut, Fact Sheet, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), relaxation, Research, Working with your healthcare provider

About the Author

  • Bruce D. Naliboff, PhD

    Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Co-Director, UCLA Center for Neurovisceral Sciences & Women's Health (CNS/WH), UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases; Chief, Psychophysiology Research Laboratory, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA

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