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Any one have tips for managing anxiety with IBS? Or feel free to vent... 

A recent flare up has made my already fragile mental health so much worse. Just looking to see how other deal with the added mental toll having this condition causes. 

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Have you tried meditation or gut directed hypnotherapy?  I have also tried monitoring heart rate variability using biofeedback through an app. I think that those are helpful for me.  Not easy to do normal life with IBS :/

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I know this thread is from a year ago, but I wanted to reach out and offer some support. Managing anxiety with IBS can be tough, and I understand the toll it can take on your mental health. It's essential to find ways to cope and reduce stress.

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9 hours ago, ZacharyPrice said:

I know this thread is from a year ago, but I wanted to reach out and offer some support. Managing anxiety with IBS can be tough, and I understand the toll it can take on your mental health. It's essential to find ways to cope and reduce stress.

One helpful approach is to focus on self-care and relaxation techniques. Consider trying mindfulness exercises, deep breathing, or yoga to help ease anxiety. Additionally, maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated can positively impact both IBS symptoms and overall well-being.
If you ever need someone to talk to, remember that seeking support from friends, family, or even professional counselors can be beneficial. And if you're looking for a dedicated helpline, you can try the National Mental Health Hotline. Take care of yourself, and know that there are resources and people out there who care and want to help.

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It certainly causes depression and/or anxiety and the IBS-D meds make that worse, 2 days into taking them I start crying about nothing, and the pills dont work.  Before I started on the allergy med that is working for me, my hair was falling out, now that Im feeling good every day, its not.  I do think it was the stress of being sick every single day for approx 18 years.

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What seems to help my anxiety after flare ups is telling myself "its just the IBS and it will go away". It does help the mind. Also dont ignore the anxiety, tell yourself its ok to be anxious but things are gonna be ok.

If you do the opposite, As soon as you think "something is wrong" or be mad at the situation, your mind goes into a different state and anxiety gets worse.

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Jeffrey Roberts
On 3/4/2024 at 6:05 AM, Rumble said:

What seems to help my anxiety after flare ups is telling myself "its just the IBS and it will go away". It does help the mind. Also dont ignore the anxiety, tell yourself its ok to be anxious but things are gonna be ok.

If you do the opposite, As soon as you think "something is wrong" or be mad at the situation, your mind goes into a different state and anxiety gets worse.

I say to roll with the punches. It gets worse and then gets better. It's always temporary. Nonetheless, a drag to live with.

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