Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Study

Sutanto, Nadia and Jeremy, Edgar (2016) Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Case Study. ANIMA Indonesian Psychological Journal, 31 (4). pp. 180-191. ISSN 0215 - 0158


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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder marked by some gastrointestinal symptoms frequently associated with extradigestive symptoms with unknown organic cau-ses. In this study the authors investigated whether IBS causes psychological symptoms or vice versa. Data were collected through an in-depth interview (anamnesis), a hetero-anam-nesis, and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21). The subject was a 20-year-old student (D) diagnosed with IBS since the age of 15. Results showed that the subject had a high level of anxiety, mild stress, and no indication of depression. The main obstacle faced by the subject was his escape-avoidance coping strategies which were not appropriately applied in solving problems.This situated the subject in a vicious cycle between recurrent IBM, helplessness, avoidance of responsibility, and anxious/stressful conditions. The sub-ject’s type of personality which tended to be introverted and neurotic made him experience difficulties in overcoming psychosocial stressors, such as academic demands and lack of social relationships. The psychological factors influenced the psychological states of the subject that resulted in the recurrence of IBS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irritable bowel Syndrome, depression anxiety, stress
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Psychology > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Nadia Sutanto 90540228
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 02:13
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 02:13

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