Can IBS Cause Anxiety?
The mind and the gut are connected more-so than you think.
Constantly having to deal with IBS symptoms and worrying about them can cause anxiety for sure.
Feeling stressed or anxious can often make IBS symptoms worse.
Beyond IBS, any major illness can bring on anxiety because of the constant worry of symptoms and the huge lifestyle changes that take place with it.
What Is Anxiety?
This is a very controversial subject because people without anxiety have a hard time understanding what it’s really like.
It can also be difficult to explain.
I’ve gotten the weird looks and the lack of consideration all too often.
The National Institute of Mental Health gives us a break down of what anxiety disorders are here.
Anxiety is so much more than an occasional worry. So, now the question becomes, how can IBS cause anxiety?
Knock, Knock: Anxiety Has Arrived…
How can IBS cause anxiety?
Our IBS-related anxiety is an unwelcomed guest, but we can’t just easily kick it out the door.
Anxiety can arise from Irritable Bowel Syndrome because of the constant stress we put our minds and bodies through by simply having IBS and enduring the symptoms.
Other environmental factors can worsen the anxiety.
The anxiety may be an unknown issue until a traumatic event triggers anxiety symptoms.
My anxiety first became evident when I was experiencing a bad IBS flare up many years ago.
Top Books on Anxiety
These books below will dive deep into self-treating your anxiety and helping you cope with it.
All four of these books are AMAZING resources and I highly recommend checking them out if you have anxiety of any kind.
You owe it to yourself to get better and live the best life you can!
Prior to having IBS, anxiety wasn’t something I ever experienced.
But, not long after my IBS began, I had my first panic attack while experiencing an IBS flare up.
This was one of the most terrifying events to take place in my life and it sent me to the hospital. I thought I couldn’t breathe!
I’ve had very few panic attacks, but they are no joke! Anxiety followed in its footsteps.
During my first college semester away from home, I had a lot of unsettling events take place, including bad IBS flare ups that caused me major anxiety.
Anxiety has stuck by my side since that time in 2012. My anxiety is significantly worse if I’m not feeling well.
It wasn’t until years after my first anxiety experienced that I asked myself, can IBS cause anxiety?
That’s when it clicked. These illnesses are related to each other.
Mental disorders are not to be taken lightly. Consult your doctor immediately after you are experiencing any anxiety or depression. Your doctor will have the best treatment recommendations for you.
Read below to learn some ways to help your anxiety.
These can be helpful as well as harmful.
Your doctor can prescribe a medication they feel will work best for you.
Luckily, if it doesn’t help, there are plenty of medications you can try.
The biggest problem with medications are that many anti-depressants and anxiety medications can be addicting and can cause mind-altering effects.
I found that these medications made me a more social person, but altered the way I made decisions and made me feel like an entirely different person.
Medications effect everyone differently.
Ultimately, I decided to treat my anxiety naturally.
It’s amazing how truly powerful the mind can be.
This is a free and natural option which has been very ideal for myself.
Meditation is a freeing experience that will also allow you to get more in touch with yourself.
It takes time and patience, but I think that it can do tremendous wonders for anxiety!
If you’re reluctant to try medications, you can visit a therapist.
They will have options of how they can treat your anxiety symptoms.
This can be a very effective treatment, but it depends upon the method as well as the person.
No one treatment is a one size fits all for anxiety patients.
Look within your community for special groups that meet and discuss things like anxiety.
You’d be surprised at the many different groups you can find within your community.
Even if you don’t find a group specifically discussing anxiety, finding a group or class that meets that revolves around a hobby can help take your mind off of anxiety.
Be sure to find something that you really enjoy!
I find that the busier I am with things that I love, the less time I have to even think about my anxiety.
Get Your IBS Under Control
Earlier, we addressed “can IBS cause anxiety?” and the answer is a definite yes.
Lowering IBS symptoms can help cut down on the anxiety you experience from IBS.
The Very Best Books On IBS
These are my favorite IBS-related books!
They’re full of great information, IBS-friendly diets and other advice and tips.
The Low FODMAP diet book is a great resource for an amazing IBS diet.
The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet: A Revolutionary Plan for Managing IBS and Other Digestive DisordersIBS: Free at Last! Change Your Carbs, Change Your Life with the FODMAP Elimination Diet, 2nd EditionEating for IBS: 175 Delicious, Nutritious, Low-Fat, Low-Residue Recipes to Stabilize the Touchiest TummyIBS-Free Recipes for the Whole Family (The Flavor without FODMAPs Series) (Volume 2) Sept. 4 2015