Alleviate physical symptoms
Inflammatory bowel disease is a condition where the immune system responds in an exaggerated way to regular gut bacteria. It is called an organic bowel disease due to the fact that a clear pathological change caused by inflammation in the bowel lining can be seen. Those who suffer from the disease often experience bleeding, diarrhea, weight loss, and anemia. The disease is also capable of being a cause of death.
Due to inflammatory bowel disease, around five million people globally live with its subtypes of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
It is very possible that, on top of the impacts on stress, anxiety, and depression, talk therapy can assist with those experiencing a "flare up" in the disease. Antidepressants have been shown to have a positive impact on inflammatory bowel disease, so it is likely that talk therapy, which can possess some of the same benefits, may assist as well.