The IBD Directory: Relationships and Feelings


  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Others struggling to accept your IBD
  • Relationship breakdown/unhealthy relationships/domestic abuse
  • Sex (incl. enjoyment and pain)/Intimacy

  • Socialising
  • Supporting others/Parenting

  • Talking about your Crohn’s or Colitis


  • Anger, loss or frustration
  • Coming to terms with my diagnosis
  • Confidence knocked/low self-esteem
  • Feeling at odds with my culture or religion
  • Feeling depressed
  • Not coping (incl. Addictions)
  • Unhappy
  • Worry, fear or anxiety