IBS is often described as a psychosomatic disorder.  A psychosomatic disorder is defined as a condition in which psychological stresses adversely affect physiological (somatic) functioning to the point of distress. It is a condition of dysfunction or structural damage in bodily organs through inappropriate activation of the involuntary nervous system and the glands of internal secretion. Thus, the psychosomatic symptom emerges as a physiological concomitant of an emotional state.1 According to Habib et al, 70.8% of IBS patients have some form of psychosomatic symptom. In their study, the majority of patients with psychosomatic disorders were in the age group 26-35 (51.44%) and female (53.28%).1

IBS is often described as a psychosomatic disorder [Image: Shutterstock].

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