Psychosocial Support of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patient

Abdul Alarhayem, Ebele Achebe, Alicia J. Logue

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic, debilitating disease whose effects spread far beyond the gut. IBD does not generally result in excess mortality; health care providers should thus focus their efforts on improving health-related quality of life and minimizing associated morbidity. A bidirectional relationship exists between IBD and psychiatric conditions; chronic inflammation can produce neuromodulatory effects with resultant mood disorders, and the course of IBD is worse in patients with anxiety and depression. Screening for the early signs of depression or anxiety and initiating appropriate treatment can lead to improved functioning and positively impact disease course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1281-1293
Number of pages13
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2015


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Psychological impacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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