Looking after your mental health is an important part of living with a chronic illness such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, as your are at an increased risk of problems such as anxiety and depression. Around 30% of people with IBD experience high distress, increasing to 65% when the disease is active. Flares are also twice as likely in those with anxiety, than those without.
All patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis should have access to psychological support, whether it be by a nurse specialist or a dedicated psychologist. We have a number of psychologists who have a special interest in gut health. They are an integral part of the team, but work offsite.
As well as providing useful treatment, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy, they can also suggest other places were you can get support such as online groups, support numbers and resources.