Got ibs and its getting worse since got depression and anxiey

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Hi i suffer severe ibs but i can usually keep it under control, but lately the things i do , do not seem to work, i have just be diagnosed with depression anxiety and BDD, so i think this might be making it worse, and the new drugs sertraline, i have been on 7 weeks now, i am in so much pain with my ibs, i double over in pain, really need help, i want my depression to go but if the pills are making my ibs worse then i am not sure i want to take them, does anyone else suffer 

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    Come off the anti depressant slowly since ut doesn’t agree with you and ask your doctor for a different anti spasmodic.  Ask about gut targeted hypnotherapy which can help with the anxiety, depression and pain. What is BDD?
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      i have decided to come off the anti depressant, i am only on a low dose, thanks for the advice, BDD is body dysmorphia disorder that is a whole new thing i now have to deal with
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      I think BDD is very common these days with all the social presssures to look good.  Try distraction techniques such as a hobby to take your mind off it.  Light exercise such as swimming or walking is also good for your mental health.
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    Hi thank for your advice but my counsellor as told me my BDD is deep rooted and it is going to take a long time to sort out, this goes back to childhood, it will take a lot for me to change the way i think, i have been told by many people how beautiful i am but it is not only the outside , it is the inside that i have to change, my way of thinking, but again thanks
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      I had a long battle to gain self belief because for years I was always being told that I was useless at everything.  No one told me how to gain self belief.  In the end, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of forty and finally I began to see that I did have some talents.  When I concentrated on those and got complemented on them, I got self belief for the first time in my life 

      I now ignore anyone who criticises or undermines me and carry on doing what  I am doing.  No one can really give you self belief.  They can give you tips, but in the end, it has to come from inside yourself. This is what I learned.  I found that when people tried to tell me I could do things, I didn’t believe them   I had to demonstrate  this to myself.

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      HI Pippa sorry I have not got back to you I am having trouble with my laptop keeps cutting out, doing it all the time even now
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      So I have to send little messages before it cuts out, thanks for  your email and I am very happy for you
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      and I am doing something about it too I am sorting out a counsellor one who is dealing with my other problems she is great and I have a great support network
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      so hopefully I will be like you and understand there is more to life then worrying what people think and how cruel they can be, again thanks
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      The only thing I do to improve my appearance is to dye my hair which is niow very grey.  It started to go like that when I was 24.  I am now 45 and still have a very young face despite grey hair.
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      Your lucky I am a hairdresser and beautician everyone expects you to be perfect, I have a all over tan long hair with colours , eyelash extension, acrylic nails, and a body that takes a lot of time to stay slim, so you see why I am so depressed having to keep this up since I been 21, I am now 54
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      Maybe don’t bother as much with all this at the age if 54.  If it is stressing you, this is a a sign that you should give it up and just rekax.  When something becomes a chore, it is not worth continuing with it.  If something stresses me, I avoid it.  I simply don’t care what others think about me anymore because if I worry about it, my IBS will flare up.

      You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do.  No one is forcing you.  Try thinking about it that way.

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      I wish it was that easy if you knew what i have been through i cant just click my fingers and change, i am glad you have that attitude but its not the same for everyone, everyone is different , when i get stressed my ibs flares up, if i could i would this has been going on since my childhood up to now so, my past is very painful, and that is why i have all these problems, depression, anxiety, ibs, eating disorder, migraines, and now bdd, so sorry i can not just get say sod it if i could i would not need years of doctors and specialists trying to work out what the problem was, because it took years to talk about it so now i am waiting to see the right counsellor who deals with this i am on top of the list, waiting to get a place , 
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      I think with me, IBS was a a wake up call for me to tell me that my body was rebelling against all the anxiety I had put it through.  So I knew I  had to try and find a coping mechanism to deal with it which for me is avoidance tactics and using my poetry to satirise unpleasant situations which has helped me to laugh more.  Getting diagnosed with Aspergers explained why I had always been anxious and this also helped especially being around autistic people who I could relate to. 

      Maybe your counsellor will be able to give you coping mechanisms suited to your situation. It’s all about finding out what works for you.

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      Hi yes your right you have found exactly what helps you and now i am finding out what is helping me, the only shame about it is , it has taken so long nearly half my life, i just hope i have time to enjoy the rest of my life, and i am glad i have this forum , it really helps to know i am not the only one and there are people out there that care
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      good for you only thing is if we both act like teenagers now at our age we could get arrested lol, god bless have a good weekend x
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