Emotional awareness and expression training improves irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial.

@article{Thakur2017EmotionalAA,
  title={Emotional awareness and expression training improves irritable bowel syndrome: A randomized controlled trial.},
  author={E R Thakur and Hannah J. Holmes and Nancy A Lockhart and Jennifer N. Carty and Maisa S. Ziadni and Heather K Doherty and Jeffrey M. Lackner and Howard Schubiner and Mark A. Lumley},
  journal={Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society},
  year={2017},
  volume={29 12}
}
BACKGROUND Current clinical guidelines identify several psychological treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS patients, however, have elevated trauma, life stress, relationship conflicts, and emotional avoidance, which few therapies directly target. We tested the effects of emotional awareness and expression training (EAET) compared to an evidence-based comparison condition-relaxation training-and a waitlist control condition. METHODS Adults with IBS (N=106; 80% female, Mean age=36… CONTINUE READING