There is ongoing research in the area of gut health and mental health, however, the complete understanding of this connection remains unknown. It is important that there should be a team of professionals to help you. Unfortunately, there can be a lack of recognition in adequately addressing either mental or physical health.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the digestive system. Symptoms include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, which tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time. It’s usually a lifelong problem which can be very frustrating and can impact on your everyday life and mental health. Nutrition and mental health supports are vital in your care. Dietitians are vital members of a team to provide nutritional support in disease and symptom management. If you haven’t been referred already, ask for a referral to the Dietitian. Also, mental health staff can provide psychological support in coping with IBS.
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