Gastrointestinal Behavioral Health Supportive Resources

Our supportive resources for GI behavioral health patients include book recommendations, online video presentations, blog articles and research articles.

Please note: While self-help mobile apps, books, or websites can be beneficial for some people, they don’t work for everyone. If you try hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or another treatment with one of these resources and find it isn’t helping, it doesn’t mean the treatment won’t work for you. You may need a more individualized plan and a provider to work with you.


    Mobile apps

    Below are some suggested mobile phone applications.

    • Mindfulness Coach: Developed to help veterans, service members and others to help you learn how to practice mindfulness with a gradual, self-guided training program
    • Nerval: Helps you manage your IBS symptoms with a science-backed digital program
    • Zemedy: Provides a comprehensive digital CBT-based program for individuals with IBS

    Presentations and websites

    Research articles

    Gut Feelings: The Emerging Biology of Gut-Brain Communication (PDF)
    Mayer EA. Gut feelings: the emerging biology of gut-brain communication. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2011;12(8):453-466. Published 2011 Jul 13.

    Psychological Interventions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (PDF)
    Ballou, Sarah, and Laurie Keefer. “Psychological Interventions for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.” Clinical and translational gastroenterology vol. 8,1 e214. 19 Jan. 2017.

    Randomised Clinical Trial: The Efficacy of Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy is Similar to that of the Low FODMAP diet for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Peters, S. L., et al. "Randomised clinical trial: the efficacy of gut‐directed hypnotherapy is similar to that of the low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome." Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics 44.5 (2016): 447-459.

    The Role of a Health Psychologist in the Management of Functional Esophageal Complaints (PDF)
    Riehl, M E et al. “Role of a health psychologist in the management of functional esophageal complaints.” Diseases of the esophagus : official journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus vol. 28,5 (2015): 428-36.