This page is to offer support for people with IBS and their families and friends. We know that living with IBS can be extremely difficult for people who have IBS and are trying to cope with the condition. We also know it can be difficult for family and friends to understand and recognize what those with IBS go through and how they may help them. We recognize that IBS may also cause difficulties or unmet needs for those who are close to someone with IBS.

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Shawn Case, IBS Impact founding webmaster, and Nina Pan, IBS Impact founder, discuss how to help children and adolescents with IBS.

Guest post on the Ask Moxie parenting blog, April 11, 2012

What Parents Need to Know About Their Children’s Abdominal Pain (video)    (November 2014)

Miranda van Tilburg, PhD

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Partner Burden in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (video)   (April 2012)
Reuben K. Wong, MD

Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

IBS and Advice for Family Members and Friends

linked from,

maintained by Simon Knowles, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Swinburne University of Technology
Victoria, Australia.

Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

New York, USA

IBS For Family and Friends
Written especially for IBS Impact

Michael Mahoney,
Clinical Hypnotherapist

Cheshire, England

IBS and Friends and Family

Written especially for IBS Impact

The Top 10 IBS Misunderstandings that People Say to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Sufferers!

This is an excerpt from Sophie’s Story: My 20-Year Battle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Sophie Lee.

Sophie is a person with IBS from the United Kingdom and the founder of the IBS Tales website. She shared this excerpt with IBS Impact and approved minor edits from the original.

The Accidental Advocate
By Jessica L.

Written especially for IBS Impact. Jessica is a family member of people with IBS/other functional GI disorders and is from the United States.

Last update to Family and Friends page December 2017; all links verified December 2018