The Atlantic: What It’s Like to Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A personal and somewhat silly account of my escapades with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and the science behind it, published in The Atlantic.


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Annie McGovern

MA student in Science and Medical Writing; Creative Writing BA; consumes books and science for sustenance (and tea); questionable Korean language skills; end

2 thoughts on “The Atlantic: What It’s Like to Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

  1. Anna, have you looked into TMS (the mindbody syndrome). IBS is considered an equivalent for TMS. I had IBS and was able to cure it once I understood what was going on. Your article does mention psychotherapy, which is on the right track, but the the main point to be understood is that your brain is creating these symptoms to keep you focused on your body and not your repressed emotions. A lot of conditions stem from this same underlying problem, but most people won’t believe this theory until they’re desperate for answers. Dr. John E. Sarno is the one who deserves all the credit for these findings. He has a book entitled Healing Back Pain, which really goes more in depth and I highly recommend it because knowledge is the penicillin to this disorder. This lecture on TMS also explains it well: . I hope this helps you in alleviating and potentially eliminating your symptoms.


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