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A 45-year-old member asked:

Anxiety causing intestinal problems. who do i talk to about this? psychiatrist or gastro?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephanie Craig
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Psy if sure anxiety: If you're sure anxiety is causing it, then you should get some help from a therapist. Relaxation techniques + cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt) can help manage anxiety, and meds may offer added benefit. Anxiety is often accompanied by increased heart rate, and intestinal activity, since both help the body prepare for fight or flight situations. These can be distressing if no real danger exists.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Anxiety?: I recommend both, for workup & to confirm the diagnosis.

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