Has anyone seen a therapist or someone to treat the mental aspect of IBS?
I feel like physically I have started taking flax seed and cutting out stuff of my diet so that I don't have much in the way of attacks. Now I need to treat the mental. For example this weekend I was supposed to ride from Houston to Dallas with some friends and they wanted to leave at 7:30 in the morning. Mornings are not good for me because I don't have time to adjust things for my stomach. That is if it's upset I don't have time to take Imodium and have it take effect. Also it makes me very nervous to not be the driver, as I feel I am not in control. I was dreading the trip all week and Friday right before bed I had a bout of diarhhea. Sure enough the next morning I had diarhea and just broke down. I took multiple doses of Imodium but it didn't take effect in time and I had to tell them I couldn't go.
I ate right to prepare for the trip and I really think my nerves just totally did me in. There is definately a physical aspect that is big, but sometimes I feel the mental is just as bad. I get so anxious about everything. I don't do a single thing in my life without thinking about my stomach, and I overthink it so much that even if my stomach is fine then I make it bad with my nerves.
Case in point, about an hour after my friends left I started feeling much better. My nerves subsided because I didn't have to fear the trip anymore.
It's become the chicken and the egg for me. When I get in a situation and my stomach bothers me I don't know what came first. Is my stomach actually bad and then I started to worry? Or did my worrying make my stomach bad?
Anybody taken a shot at therapy or relaxation techniques to help the mental aspect of IBS?