Dr. Garth Swanson shares the connection between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Psychiatric Disorders.
Well, that’s a very interesting question. If you look at large groups of people, patients with depression often have a much higher rate of functional bowel disease, of which irritable bowel syndrome is the most common.
Some patients with the irritable bowel syndrome though will have no psychiatric history, but at least 30 percent will, and we’re working on trying to find out what it is about the patients with psychiatric disorders that makes irritable bowel syndrome so prevalent.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.