Antidepressants and counselling may help IBS

Researchers are looking at the connection between brain and gut

People struggling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) might improve with antidepressants or psychotherapy, a recent study suggests.

Customised diets don't help all patients with IBS, and some emerging research suggests the condition may also be influenced by processes in the brain.

For the current analysis, researchers examined data from 53 trials that compared the effects of antidepressants or psychotherapy, either alone or in combination, versus placebo treatments or usual care.

Rates of "no relief" were highest with placebo treatments.

People were 34% less likely to have no relief from antidepressants and 31% less likely to get no relief from psychotherapy, the study found.

One component of IBS is increased sensitivity to the functions of the bowels, according to Dr Michael Camilleri, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota, who