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I am a 28 year old b. Pharm holder from kerala. Can I control chronic irritable bowel syndrome by psychotherapy. I have this disease for more than 10 yrs with many other somatic and psychiatric disorders. I have chronic skin water allergy (itching after bath and after sweating). According to my psychiatrist diagnosis I have avoidant personality disorder and depression and he believes my ibs, skin allergy, insomnia and other physical symptoms are secondary outcome of it. I am currently using desvenlafaxine 50mg morning around 1year opiprol 50mg night around 2yrs opiprol 100mg morning around 2yrs lonazep 0.5mg night around 2 years. I am treating my diseases for more than 10 yrs and does not any improvement in ibs. Recently my recently consulted psychologist tolled me that ibs can be controlled by long term psychotherapy.

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Ibs is an anxiety based psychosomatic disorder. If you are able to keep your anxiety and stress within control, you can witness a great relief to your ibs problem. Medicines do help you to control the effect of your problems and also help you to maintain your functional abilities to some extent. But if you want real relief your should attack the core cause of your illnesses which can be due personality factors, thinking patterns, habitual mal-adaptive behavior, irrational belief systems or even the stress associated with unconscious mind. Treatment for all these conditions is available only my doing appropriate psychological evaluation and using customized psychotherapy. So consult a clinical psychologist in your vicinity, systematically adhere to the treatment process and you will see the real positive change in you. All the best.
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