What is Inflammatory Bowel Disorder?

Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD) is something that nobody would want to experience. It can commonly cause abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Statistics from a study at the University of Toronto, Canada, shows that 40% of those with IBD face abnormal anxiety problems.

anxiety caused by Irritable bowel disorder

The study covered 269 adults who had been experiencing symptoms of IBD. It was found that patients with IBD were twice as likely to develop anxiety disorders than those without Crohn’s disease or colitis. It was also found that women were four times more susceptible to anxiety problems than men.

Another revelation was that those who reported symptoms of IBD that also had been the subject of sexual abuse during their youth, had a six times higher chance of developing the disorder. Furthermore, those who complained of chronic pain as a result of IBD were twice as likely to develop acute anxiety problems than those whose pain was mild or negligible.

“Patients with IBD face substantial chronic physical problems associated with the disease,” “The additional burden of anxiety disorders makes life much more challenging so this ‘double jeopardy’ must be addressed.”

lead study author Esme Fuller-Thomson, professor at University of Toronto was quoted as saying on NewsWorldIndia.

While most people do not equate physical disorders with mental health, there is an increasing need to pay attention to the cause and effect relationship between the two.

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