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It is high time to examine the psyche while treating IBD

In a prospective study of adults with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, Gracie and colleagues have found evidence for the bi-directional relationship between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) activity and symptoms of psychological disorders. This study represents an important milestone in our understanding of how the brain and gut interact in IBD.

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A.M.-W. has previously collaborated with D. Gracie, P. Hamlin and A. Ford on the study of the role of psychotherapy in IBD.

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Mikocka-Walus, A., Andrews, J.M. It is high time to examine the psyche while treating IBD. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol 15, 329–330 (2018).

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