Emotional Schemas of Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and their Relationship to Psychological Symptoms

Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. Tehran, Iran

Professor, Psychosomatic Medicine Research Center, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Professor, Psychosomatic Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Professor, Gastroenterology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Background: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a prevalent functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID). Most individuals with this disease have problems in expressing their feelings. Negative emotions and specific cognitive attitudes toward life can contribute to the development of depression and worsening of symptoms. This research aimed to compare the emotional schemas of patients with IBS with that of a control group and to investigate the relationship between psychological symptoms and emotional schemas.


  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Emotional schemas
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

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