n South African Gastroenterology Review - Assessment and treatment of psychological aspects of functional intestinal disorders : lecture




Extracted from text ... The South African Gastroenterology Review ? November 2006 89 LECTURES Anger, fear and desperation are so frequently expressed as disturbances in gastrointestinal function that to all intents and purposes, the gut may be considered part of the limbic system. We are all familiar with the diarrhoea that may accompany apprehension, and constipation that may be associated with melancholy and the way frustration can seem to give us abdominal pain, but often these disturbances disappear as soon as whatever causes them is resolved. If we can put these gut reactions into context and so generate and resolve an emotion then ..


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