Bowel distress and emotional conflict.

  title={Bowel distress and emotional conflict.},
  author={Alan Henry Brook},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  volume={84 1},
A psychodynamic assessment of 60 women with functional bowel disorder seen at St Mark's, a specialist hospital for disorders of the colon and rectum, has shown that most were trapped in severe emotional conflicts with which they were unable to cope. In many the bodily illnesses appeared to be an expression of these conflicts as well as a defence against experiencing them. The illnesses were then partly, or entirely, emotional conflicts that had become medicalized--emotional conflicts in… CONTINUE READING