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How IBD patients cope with IBD: A systematic review

Andrew M. McCombie Roger T. Mulder Richard B. Gearry

Inflammatory bowel disease has seen to have a significant impact on the mental health and overall quality of life in patients, indicative of the severity of the symptoms the patient experiences. A large study combined the results of all available articles about coping strategies used by IBD patients, and found the most common theme was that emotion-focused coping was linked to worse psychological outcomes. Problem focused coping method was less often associated with better psychological outcomes, but due to the variance in research the results remain inconsistent.

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Posted on: February 23 2018

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Good article. I certainly appreciate this site. Continue the good work!

I was very interested in the article "Good Vs bad bacteria - the bugs responsible for Crohn's disease". I was diagnosed with IBD 6 months ago and after a very bad reaction to Pentasa (but unproven) I was told to wait and try again when the symptoms peaked again. However, I started taking Probiotics each day and (touch wood) I have been in remission for 5 months, with high hopes. I am very interested in the research in this field.

My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with UC in July 2016 and after 4 flare ups within 12 months and trying different medications, she was prescribed infliximab. This has been the miracle medication for her and am so thankful that she has been able to return to a "relatively normal life", enjoying school and her passion for sports again (bar 8 weekly visits to PMH for inflixmab infusions, routine colonoscopies and mezzaline daily). I had very little knowledge of UC and autoimmunie disease for that matter; and was shellshocked at how debilitating it can be. We are so grateful to have a wonderful gastro and medical team supporting my daughter and of course the impact that inflixmab has had; however know it is still early days and don't want to take anything for granted.

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