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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone reached out for therapy to help with the emotional aspect of this disease.  Is anyone comfortable enough to share what is recommended on how to get thru life, flares, relationships, anger, acceptance, piece of mind.  I know its a personal thing to ask, thanks to who ever can share..

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 1/11/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent had therapy. I have had anti-depressants however. My therapy has actually been support from sites like these. It is very helpful to share experiences with people who know what its like. Therapists dont have that experience (unless you find one with UC)....

I would be happy to share anything I can offer as far as the experiences I have been through, what I have done and would have done differently, etc. I got UC at the same age as your son and have been through 14 years and maybe I can be of some help.

To start, I would encourage that he reads some posts on this site, join in on some discussions, and talk to regular people here who are going through the same thing. That offers piece of mind. Right now he may feel alone, embarrassed, and pretty helpless... seeing that there are people just like him going through the same thing, and offering very good information, questions, answers, and similar experiences will help immensely. If this site didnt exist, I would be in therapy.

Any other specific questions feel free to ask....would be glad to answer.
34 yr old male. UC for 14 years. Started left-sided, most recent scope shows pancolitis. 40mg pred (as of 12/16/08), 12 pills Asacol per day, 1mg Atavan per day (anxiety) when needed, Fish oil pills, Culturelle probiotics, Multivitamin. Recent Endonasal brain surgery to remove non-cancerous hormone producing tumor on pituitary gland (and I am still more afraid of my UC!!) "I poop in the woods because I can"

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   

I waited too long before seeking therapy.  I was depressed during the last 2 years with UC and chalked it up to being on prednisone.  Six months after surgery, and having my health restored, I still couldn't get out of depression and sought help with a psychologist who had experience in chronic illness.  Between sessions with her and an Rx of an antidepressant I regained my emotional health.  I highly recommend therapy but I also recommend you interview prospective psychologists and try to find one who has worked with the chronically ill.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had therapy, but was on antidepressants for several years. It started when I was on steroids, and when my doctor told me they had caused me to have type II diabetes, I pretty much fell apart in her office. Now I'm off the pred, the blood sugar issues are gone, I've been in remission for a while and I recently tapered off the Zoloft.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Believe it or not, I actually find comming to support groups online (like here at HW) a form of therapy, I also exercise regularly and that too is a great form of therapy in dealing with this DD emotionally, mentally and even physically.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3231
   Posted 1/12/2009 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes. I started seeing someone for my anxieties after my second flare. I am taking Lexapro. My doctor plans to wean me off the Lexapro soon. I don't feel I'm ready though. Perhaps this summer. Will see.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting

Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06
Currently in remission


Lexapro (for stress)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 145
   Posted 1/12/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I did. Helped me a lot. Cognitive therapy.
Helped me get a more realistic view on things instead of letting the mind run of with me and make me more sick than I am.
But it's a thin line I think - between accepting your illness and take it as it comes as opposed to going into a death spiral of finding a cure that is maybe not there (trying to control it)

I still have anxiety but, but only 10-15% of what I had. I was far out!
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