We know it’s hard to talk about having a GI disorder. But people with IBS, colitis, Crohn’s and celiac disease need to speak up, because trying to hide their struggle can actually make it worse. GI issues are aggravated by stress and unhealthy eating habits. This often leads to increased anxiety. Assess your anxiety levels to better understand your situation. It’s a constant battle to manage embarrassing and painful symptoms with medication. Everyday responsibilities can be a hard to accomplish, and social situations become difficult or impossible. How can patients end the shame, self-blame, anger, and loss of self-esteem?