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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1991 Jul;84(1):26-8.

A comparison of the mental status, personality profiles and life events of patients with irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer disease.

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Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Medical School, St. James' Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


Forty patients with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and 32 patients with peptic ulcer disease underwent a full psychiatric assessment. All were rated using the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS), the Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale, the Life Experiences Survey and the Eysenck Personality Inventory. The 2 groups were not distinguishable on total GSRS scores or rates of DSM-III diagnosed mental disorder. However, greater trait scores for neuroticism and introversion were found in the IBS group, together with a greater reporting of life events perceived as negative.

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