Reclaim Your Life from IBS
A Scientifically Proven CBT Plan for Relief Without Restrictive Diets
Reclaim Your Life from IBS teaches a number of skills that can directly reduce the impact of gastrointestinal symptoms in a person’s life.
The book explores the differential diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and the current scientific models of what causes IBS. It teaches the reader the cognitive model of stress management using cognitive-behavioral therapy and helps readers learn to identify their negative beliefs and reframe them more accurately. It also guides readers to reduce avoidance and helps them understand how to use dietary modifications and medications wisely, rather than reactively. In this second edition, numerous case examples throughout illustrate the application of these core CBT skills to IBS-related thoughts and experiences, and new material is included on exercise, diet, and medications.
This book is a proven self-help book for people with IBS, as well as being useful as a treatment manual for clinicians who work with patients with IBS.
Table of Contents
About the Author and This Book
Introduction: How to Use this Book
1. Do I Have IBS?
2. What’s Causing My Gut Symptoms?
3. Turn it Off - Relaxation Training
4. Burn it Off - Physical Activity
5. The Cognitive Model of Stress Management
6. Applying the Cognitive Model to GI Symptoms
7. Test It Out! Behavioral Experiments
8. Eliminating Avoidance
9. Diet and IBS
10. Using Medication Wisely
11. This Could Be You! How Working Through This Book Could Change Your Life
12. Summary, Review, and Final Thoughts
Appendix A – Rome IV Criteria Self-Report
Appendix B – Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS)
Appendix C – IBS Quality of Life Questionnaire (IBS-QOL)
Appendix D – Visceral Sensitivity Index (VSI)
Appendix E – GI Cognitions Questionnaire (GI-COG)
Appendix F – Fear of Food Questionnaire
Appendix G – Melissa's World-Famous Granola Recipe
Melissa G. Hunt is a licensed clinical psychologist and research scientist who specializes in helping folks with chronic GI disorders reclaim their lives. She serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Rome Psychogastroenterology Group.
"Dr. Melissa Hunt has made an important contribution to IBS patients, their friends and family and the general public by providing a clear, authoritative and easy to understand book on IBS…I highly recommend this book to those with IBS wanting to gain back control of their life."
Douglas A. Drossman, MD; Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry, Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; President, Rome Foundation.