The Sensitive Gut

Understanding IBS

Love-sick

Sigmund Freud has been criticised for implying that most mental illness and much physical illness is due to sex. He might have said love or attachment, but nevertheless, he was … Continue reading

June 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Escaping from the tyranny of what happened: a message of hope.

Over a hundred years ago, Joseph Breuer and Sigmund Freud wrote that ‘hysterics suffer mainly from reminiscences’.  Hysteria, as a medical diagnosis, has gone out of fashion, outlawed by the … Continue reading

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Diarrhoea; the stress and meaning of it.

We have all experienced it; an important interview, the fear of being out of control, an unfair accusation, shocking news; they can all trigger an urge to evacuate our bowels.  … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

When fat intolerance becomes Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction.

  Mary has had constipation-predominant IBS for most of her adult life.  She also has severe intolerance to fats and more recently a lot of other foods, which give her … Continue reading

September 24, 2016 · 3 Comments

Nothing in, nothing out: but is there more to constipation?

Doctors tend not to consider IBS a serious condition; that would be a mistake.  Although most people seem to cope with the occasional inconvenience of it and live a normal … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

No, it’s not all in your head, but at least you can do something about that.

If IBS is all is your head, can somebody tell me how dietary fibre cures depression?                              … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

The things that happen: childhood trauma and IBS later in life.

Two weeks ago I received a letter from Judith.  This led to the following correspondence, which, with her permission, I have reproduced here with just a few minor edits.  Over … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 6 Comments

Hypnotherapy: recruiting the healing potential of the mind.

Hypnosis is an altered state of mind, which captures the imagination and brings about changes in perception and behaviour.  We are all susceptible to hypnosis.  Brief states of hypnosis may … Continue reading

August 23, 2016 · 6 Comments

IBS: How can diarrhoea and constipation coexist in the same illness

This is one of the biggest mysteries of IBS.  Alternating diarrhoea and constipation is a well known subset of IBS, but it is not always balanced.  Many people with diarrhoea … Continue reading

August 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

When it all becomes too much.

Jenny was waiting outside in the street when I arrived, enjoying one last cigarette.  Even though we had only communicated by email, I recognised the tragedy etched on her face.  … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

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