A population study on irritable bowel syndrome and mental health.

  title={A population study on irritable bowel syndrome and mental health.},
  author={Erich Osterberg and Lars Blomquist and Ingvar Krakau and Robert M Weinryb and Marie {\AA}sberg and Rolf W Hultcrantz},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology},
  volume={35 3},
BACKGROUND Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is commonly thought to be associated with psychologic distress. However, in some studies only persons who had sought medical care for IBS (IBS patients) showed an increased frequency of psychiatric symptoms, and nonpatients did not differ significantly from normal subjects. Our aims were 1) to estimate the prevalence of IBS in the population aged 18-45 years, 2) to find the proportion seeking medical care for IBS, and 3) to compare IBS subjects with… CONTINUE READING
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