Living with short bowel syndrome (SBS) can be stressful. Learn more about dealing with emotional stress here."

Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) Emotional Support"

SBS can be stressful, but there may be ways to cope

Norma, a patient
living with SBS

How you handle emotional stress is up to you.


When diagnosed by a doctor with a chronic condition like Short Bowel Syndrome, it’s normal for people to respond differently from one another. Some may adapt quickly to the news and adjust their lifestyle without much stress. Others, however, may feel as though their lives have been turned upside down and that their condition will diminish their health-related quality of life. They may experience anxiety, depression, grief, anger or denial. If this happens to you, it’s important to talk to your doctor and remember that a roller coaster of emotions following diagnosis is understandable.


Some people tend to isolate themselves when they find out they have a chronic condition, but it can be comforting to reach out to others for support. While friends and family can be very supportive, you may find a greater sense of understanding from reaching out to other people with SBS who have a better understanding of what you’re going through. For a list of SBS resources, visit the Connecting With Others Like You page.


When stressed or upset about your situation, it's important to reach out and get the help you need. Most importantly, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to help you navigate the emotions of your new medical situation and can refer you to a psychologist or other specialist who can help.

Kevin, a short bowel syndrome (SBS) patient

“It’s helpful to understand that there are other people who have been diagnosed with SBS. And THEY MAY BE going through the same symptoms and mental fatigue. It’s important to talk to your doctor.”

- Kevin, SBS patient

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