Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)* cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that has consistently been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of functional digestive disorders.

CBT can be a helpful tool in teaching individuals how their thoughts and behaviors can impact their symptom experience. By changing their maladaptive thoughts and behaviors and creating healthier coping skills, individuals decrease symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Unlike CBT for depression or anxiety, CBT for functional GI disorders targets the GI symptoms, rather than treating the psychological distress associated with these symptoms.

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