Could Therapy Be Key To Treating Your IBS? – Huffington Post, 11 April 2019, Natasha Hinde
Eat, sleep – and get CBT
“Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) delivered over the phone or online has been found to be more effective in relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) than current standard care, according to new research.
It’s hoped the results could make a big difference to patients with IBS who currently have very limited access to CBT, with some waiting months for treatment, in an increasingly strained NHS.”
Through the WI Lens
Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Southampton carried out a trial involving 558 patients with persistent and significant IBS symptoms. They found that those treated with CBT – delivered either by phone or website – were more likely to report a significant improvement in their symptoms than those who only received current standard IBS treatments. This might be surprising to those who thought IBS was a purely physical condition, albeit there was already some knowledge that stress could be a key factor. This finding has a number of implications in terms of the wellness sector:
• It highlights the connectedness between different aspects of wellbeing. Just as you can’t dissociate the brain and the gut, you can’t separate financial wellbeing from anxiety and depression.
• There is going to be a growing opportunity in future for different types of healthcare to be delivered by private providers in partnership with the NHS, and through innovative channels. The potential of CBT-based apps is just beginning to be acknowledged.
• Digital treatment will rely upon access to technology – which needs to be recognised as a potential enabler of wellness alongside its role as a cause of stress.
“On such fragile foundations are built the first steps towards a more ethical kind of business, and who knows what virtuous circles might result?”
“Scientific evidence recently emerged that, contrary to earlier beliefs, Covid-19 can be spread by tiny droplets that we breathe out when we respire, called aerosols.”
“Economic wellbeing is part of the story, but it is also about finding less stressful lifestyles, in which healthy diet figures as a meaningful measure of success.”
“The industry has every asset needed to be a guiding light in the shift toward personal health priority. Will that become a prevention legacy, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the Covid-19 ashes?”
“Looking at the bigger picture, putting the measures in this order represents a lost opportunity that the pandemic could have offered for a cultural pivot pivot towards getting people more focused on their health, a powerful statement of intent.”
“Employment is necessary to fulfil our most basic human needs such as food and shelter. Any significant increase in long-term unemployment will spell a retrograde step for human wellbeing like no other.”
“All roads lead to a wellbeing anchor, whether that be economic/financial, physical, mental or emotional: all contribute to a progressive and inclusive cosmopolitan world. The answer should not be a choice of one or the other but of a joined up and compassionate solution for society, business and individuals.”
“The paradox is that we continue to do this in spite of recognising that striving to become ever-more productive is an intrinsically unhealthy behaviour, leading to stress and too often, a sense of failure.”
“The same broad-sweeping structural racism that enables police brutality against black Americans is also responsible for higher mortality among black Americans with Covid-19,” Maimuna Majumder, a Harvard epidemiologist working on the Covid-19 response, tells Vox.
The take-out from this? Wellbeing cannot exist at a more elevated level without our basic needs being met.