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    Hi all. Here s an article about the connection of digestive disorders and abuse. Gary.Source: http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s97008.htm
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      Hi all. Here's an article about the connection of digestive disorders and
      abuse. Gary.


      Emotional abuse linked to irritable bowel
      Tuesday, 1 February 2000

      Could self-blame and self-silencing upset your
      insides? A new study has investigated the link
      between women's experience of emotional abuse and
      the digestive disorder known as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

      The symptoms of IBS, which include abdominal pain and bloating, don't
      appear to result from known structural or biochemical abnormalities. As such,
      IBS is known as a 'functional' disorder.

      According to a report from Canadian researchers, published in the currrent
      issue of Psychosomatic Medicine (http://www.wwilkins.com/PSY/), functional
      disorders are more
      common among women, and have been associated with a history of
      sexual abuse.

      "Despite some evidence linking physical abuse and sexual abuse to
      IBS, few studies have examined the association between emotional
      abuse and IBS," said lead author, Alisha Ali, Ph.D.

      The researchers from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada,
      enlisted 25 women with IBS to complete a standardized
      questionnaire measuring emotional abuse, which involves
      psychological mistreatment and nonphysical aggression.

      The researchers also tested for the presence of two psycho-social
      factors that may play a role: self-silencing and self-blame.

      Individuals who practice self-silencing attempt to maintain
      security in relationships by silencing certain thoughts, feelings,
      and actions. Such behavior can lead to complete denigration of
      beliefs and eventual self-negation. Those who engage in self-blame
      tend to criticize themselves and take on the burden of
      responsibility for negative events.

      A comparison group of 25 women suffering
      from a different digestive disorder, known as
      inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), also
      completed the questionnaire. IBD, which consists mainly of
      ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is not a functional disorder.

      Study participants with IBS scored significantly higher on measures
      of emotional abuse, as well as self-blame and self-silencing, than
      the women in the comparison group, the researchers found.

      "The self-blaming and self-silencing behaviors that tended to be
      associated with emotional abuse in this study probably cause
      stress increases," said Brenda B. Toner, Ph.D., study co-author.
      Stress is known to exacerbate IBS symptoms.

      "Future investigations should further examine this relationship to
      develop a more comprehensive conceptualization of the interplay
      between trauma and stress in the experience of irritable bowel
      syndrome," said Ali.

      -- The Lab

      Other Links...
      Health Report: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
      ABC News : Relief in sight for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome
      � 2000 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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