I'm actually not "new" to HW, but I am new to this forum. I foolishly posted on other IBD forums, since I was told I most likely had Crohn's or UC, but after the tests were completed I was diagnosed with IBS a few months ago. The only thing that threw me off the diagnostic course was weight loss and the occasional passing of blood.
I've tried a few anti-depressants, which in turn caused heart palpitation attacks, and so I've refused to take any more low-dosages of them, since they were not helping my symptoms at all. I take loperamide when needed, which is on and off during the summer. I practically live off it in the winter, though.
Anyways, today I received a letter from the hospital as my Gastroenterologist wants me to consider Cognitive behavioural Therapy to potentially lessen my symptoms, and help me cope with this. I just found out, though, that this therapy is held in group fashion, and I am fairly introverted and shy - especially about this. I'm 24, female, and have dealt with my symptoms for about 7 years now. Mostly in silence, I might add. Before I send the form back saying I'm in, I was hoping to gain some of your opinions. At this point, I guess I haven't got much to lose... but I'm very scared to be in a whole room of people talking about this stuff. It's much easier online, obviously, but I want to heal...
I'll post more about me and my symptoms in a bit... I'm sure you've heard it all before, so I'll try to keep the redundancy to a minimum. I appreciate your thoughts, and thank you for your time.
p.s. Can someone tell me what the differences are between "disease," "disorder," and "syndrome"?