Dr. Jordan Shapiro, an expert on irritable bowel syndrome, talks about risk factors for IBS, including younger age, having a family member with IBS, and being a biological woman. Gastrointestinal infections, trauma, life stressors, and PTSD or mood disorders can also play a role in IBS risk. Dr. Shapiro briefly discusses that irritable bowel syndrome is not "all in your head" even if it originated with a traumatic event.
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