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J Consult Clin Psychol. 1994 Jun;62(3):576-82.

Cognitive therapy for irritable bowel syndrome.

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Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, State University of New York, Albany 12203.


Twenty patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were randomly assigned either to intensive, individualized cognitive therapy (10 sessions over 8 weeks) or to 8 weeks of daily gastrointestinal (GI) symptom monitoring. Pre- to posttreatment evaluations showed significantly (p = .005) greater GI symptom reduction for those receiving cognitive therapy than for those in symptom monitoring. At posttreatment, 80% of the cognitive therapy group showed clinically significant improvement, whereas only 10% of the monitoring group showed this. Results held up well at a 3-month follow-up. Within the cognitive therapy group, GI symptom reductions correlated significantly with increases in positive and reductions in negative automatic thoughts.

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