Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief

Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief

by Jeffrey M. Lackner


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Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way: A 10-Step Plan for Symptom Relief by Jeffrey M. Lackner

One in five adult Americans suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Millions seek relief through dietary changes or medications that often prove unsatisfactory and may be accompanied by side effects. It turns out that relief doesn't necessarily come from a bottle of pills or through diet changes--it can be achieved by learning behavioral self-management strategies that get to the source of the problem.

For over 10 years, Dr. Jeffrey M. Lackner has been helping patients gain control of their symptoms. His research--backed by grants from the National Institutes of Health--shows that these skills can help, whether their IBS involves diarrhea, constipation, or both.

Now Dr. Lackner's Controlling IBS the Drug-Free Way offers IBS sufferers the same tools that have helped many patients control their bowel problems. Research shows that the techniques featured in this book can improve IBS patients' condition and help them reclaim lives lost to this common gastrointestinal problem. The book offers a step-by-step approach that anyone with IBS can easily follow to reduce symptoms without drugs or professional help. User-friendly worksheets, interactive exercises, self-assessment checklists, and diaries for tracking symptoms and trigger foods are included to help readers master each skill. Also included are up-to-date overviews of medications and dietary strategies that readers can use to maximize symptom control.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584795759
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 354,485
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

JEFFREY M. LACKNER, PSYD, is director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine, a nationally known research center. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Table of Contents

Foreword   Emeran A. Mayer, M.D.     8
Acknowledgments     10
What is IBS?     12
IBS: What's It All About?     14
How the Plan Works     54
A 10-Step Plan for IBS Symptom Relief     64
What's Going On in Your Life?     66
Taking Control of Your Body with Relaxation Skills     76
Applying Relaxation Skills to Everyday Life     98
Outsmart IBS by Tracking Your Thoughts     103
Learning to Think More Constructively     118
Bouncing Back from Adversity     131
Putting Your Thinking Skills Together     139
Solving Problems Efficiently     146
Challenging Core Beliefs     158
Identifying Skills that Work for You     173
Additional Self-Care Skills: Diet and Medication     180
The Role of Diet in Controlling IBS     182
The Role of Medication in Controlling IBS     208
Appendix     228
Glossary     229
Worksheets     238
Patient Resources     247
Selected References     250
Index     252

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