A comparison of the mental status, personality profiles and life events of patients with irritable bowel syndrome and peptic ulcer disease

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1991 Jul;84(1):26-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1991.tb01416.x.


Forty patients with a diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and 32 patients with peptic ulcer disease underwent a full psychiatric assessment. All were rated using the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS), the Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale, the Life Experiences Survey and the Eysenck Personality Inventory. The 2 groups were not distinguishable on total GSRS scores or rates of DSM-III diagnosed mental disorder. However, greater trait scores for neuroticism and introversion were found in the IBS group, together with a greater reporting of life events perceived as negative.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Introversion, Psychological
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Neurotic Disorders / psychology
  • Peptic Ulcer / diagnosis*
  • Peptic Ulcer / psychology
  • Personality Inventory*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology