Reclaim Your Life from IBS: A Scientifically Proven Plan for Relief without Restrictive Diets

Reclaim Your Life from IBS: A Scientifically Proven Plan for Relief without Restrictive Diets


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, July 23


A revolutionary approach to handling today’s most prevalent gastrointestinal disorder.
IBS is often linked to stress, but the vast majority of treatments focus only on restrictive diets. By contrast, this book addresses the emotional component of the disorder through new research based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It actually encourages people to change the way they think about the ailment and stop avoiding situations they fear might exacerbate their symptoms. Tested in a unique randomized controlled trial by the author—who is a clinical psychologist and scientist—this program, based on a solid scientific foundation, offers new hope for IBS sufferers hoping to reclaim their life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454918875
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 363,764
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Melissa G. Hunt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the top clinical science training programs in the country. She is also a fellow and Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Her primary interest is in the development and dissemination of empirically supported psychological treatments for chronic health problems, especially GI disorders. She has a number of scientific publications on the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in peer-reviewed academic journals, and has presented at numerous conferences (in psychology, nursing, and gastroenterology) both on her academic work and in the context of workshops for clinicians. Her work on IBS has been featured by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) podcasts for consumers. She recently presented this material at the annual American College of Gastroenterology meeting, where her work was selected and highlighted as being of special interest to the media. Professionally, she divides her time between teaching, supervision, research, and clinical practice. Melissa lives in PA.

Table of Contents

About the Author and This Book ix

Foreword Aaron T. Beck xi

Chapter 1 Do I Have IBS? 1

Chapter 2 What's Causing My Gut Symptoms? 23

Chapter 3 Relaxation Training 41

Chapter 4 The Cognitive Model of Stress Management 53

Chapter 5 Applying the Cognitive Model to GI Symptoms 81

Chapter 6 Test It Out! Behavioral Experiments 103

Chapter 7 Eliminating Avoidance 113

Chapter 8 Diet and IBS 135

Chapter 9 Summary, Review, and Final Thoughts 157

Acknowledgments 175

Appendix A Rome III Criteria Questionnaire 177

Appendix B Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS) 180

Appendix C IBS Quality of Life Questionnaire (1BS-QOL) 184

Appendix D Visceral Sensitivity Index (VSI) 190

Appendix E GI Cognitions Questionnaire (GI-COG) 194

Appendix F Daily Symptom Log 198

Appendix G Food Sources of Soluble Fiber 200

Index 203

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Reclaim Your Life from IBS: A Scientifically Proven Plan for Relief without Restrictive Diets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After 15 years of trying multiple doctors, invasive tests, hypnotherapy, antidepressants, low Fodmap and paleo diets, probiotics and more, I finally found the book written by the doctor who makes sense of it all! Dr. Hunt has the unique combination of extensive scientific research, paired with decades of patient feedback in her psychology practice, which means that she TRULY understands what we are going through. I promise you will see yourself in the patient testimonies in this book, and better yet, you'll be able to record and decipher your own symptoms and triggers in the exercises. Her writing is clear and hopeful. It feels like a conversation with a close friend who also happens to be a brilliant doctor- what a comforting combination! You will feel empowered and excited to get out of the small world that IBS has confined you to, and you'll be armed with the scientific and psychological evidence that you can actually do it! You will be surprised to read how many myths are out there about the treatment of IBS, and thrilled to let go of the restrictive way you have been living, despite minimal improvement. Read this book and find hope for life as you knew it!