This is a myth.

There was a time when people thought IBD was part of a group of medical disorders that were characteristic of certain personality traits, but this has been disproven. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are biological diseases. Tension, anxiety, or depression can certainly impact how patients perceive and cope with these diseases, but there is no evidence that emotions cause either disease.

Some of our members have experienced a flare-up of symptoms, such as increased abdominal pain or diarrhea, in times of emotional stress. According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, flare-ups in times of stress relate to changes in the physiologic functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, and decreased resistance to inflammation, rather than to increased inflammation, [and] these effects should be carefully separated from the primary cause of IBD, which is not emotionally based.

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