Psychological Treatments for Gastrointestinal Diseases

Olafur S. Palsson, Sarah Kinsinger, Laurie Keefer

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Several different psychological treatments have demonstrated good efficacy for treating certain GI diseases in a substantial body of published research over the past four decades. Cognitive behavioral therapy, gut-directed hypnotherapy, relaxation training, mindfulness meditation, psychodynamic therapy, and anorectal biofeedback have all proven useful for this purpose. This article summarizes the basis of psychological interventions for GI diseases, the current scope of empirically supported applications, and the nature and characteristics of the common intervention modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Gastroenterology, Second Edition
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128124604
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Biofeedback
  • Biopsychosocial model
  • Brain-gut axis
  • Catastrophizing
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Functional GI disorders
  • Hypnosis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relaxation training
  • Somatization


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