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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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

Reuben K. Wong, MD National University Health System, Singapore and Douglas Drossman, MD, Stephan R Weinland PhD, Carolyn B. Morris, Jane Leserman, Yuming Hu, Renuka Kelapure, Srikant I. Bangdiwala, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, February 2013

IBS and Advice for Family Members and Friends

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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

North Yorkshire, England

IBS and Friends and Family

Written especially for IBS Impact

Guest Post for IBS Awareness Month: My Perceptions and Tips On Being a Supportive Spouse by Jake S

Jake S. lives in the United States with his wife, who has IBS. He is an engineer and an outdoors enthusiast. He also loves smoking low FODMAP meals with her, as well as hiking and camping. He wrote this article especially for IBS Impact in April 2022 Read a recent article by Jake’s wife here.

Guest Post From A Parent for IBS Awareness Month: An Emotional Journey by Kathryn

Kathryn lives in the United States with her husband and two sons. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology which included research studies in child development and group therapy. In the years since her son’s IBS diagnosis, she has invested many hours learning about the disorder. When not preparing her sons to “leave the nest,” she volunteers on the IBS Support (official) Facebook page trying to advance IBS understanding. She wrote this essay especially for IBS Impact in April 2021. Read Kathryn’s then-17 year old son’s essay here.

Living with IBS

by Feivel Cohen

Feivel has IBS and intellectual disabilities. He lives and works in Maryland (USA). He wrote this article himself especially for IBS Impact for IBS Awareness Month 2020.

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.

Helping Your Child with IBS by Nina Pan, IBS Impact founder, and Shawn Case, founding webmaster.

(Link opens in a subpage of IBS Originally published in April 2012 as a guest post on the Ask parenting site, which is no longer active.  Thank you to Magda Pecsenye, founder of for hosting this article for many years and for allowing IBS Impact to continue to make it available here.)


Last update to Family and Friends page and all links verified: December 2023