This page is for references and articles that I feel matter in the general area of psychology chronic illness with special attention to the area of irritable bowel disease or functional gastrointestinal disorders. Information here should not be taken on any authority but my own and my basic credentials are that I am apsychologist with over twenty years of experience in the field and I do have a chronic illness of my own. If viewers have trouble understanding what is said here they should feel free to email me at Since I obviously can't keep current on all the areas covered here, I would appreciate also any suggestions and disagrrements.

Issue one: measuring the quality of life.

This area is under development as the field itself is under development.

articles and references

views of authorities

patient views

Issue two: severity of the problem

Metaphor/Metonym for Health