Curbside Consultation in IBS: 49 Clinical Questions

Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD

Question 15: What is the Role of Stress in IBS? (continued)

Yvette Taché , PhD; Agata Mulak, MD, PhD

The term stress was originally coined by Hans Selye in the early part of the past century to define the concept of “specific biological response of the organism to any demand.“ Over the years, ambiguity has surfaced from this definition in the scientific literature, and the term stress has been misused by the lay public and associated with emotional arousal or nervous tension. Our current understanding of stress involves the distinction between stressors and the stress response. Stressors are the internal or external stimuli/events threatening homeostasis or perceived as such…