What Comes First, The Gut or The Brain?

Dr. Megan Riehl is a GI Health Psychologist with the University of Michigan and Director of Behavioral Health Services for Gastro Girl and GI OnDEMAND. In today’s interview, Dr. Riehl breaks down the concept of the “gut-brain connection”. She explains that our gut and brain are supposed to talk to each other, but the volume on this conversation is turned up too high for those with GI conditions. Dr. Riehl then puts on her Gastro Psych hat for us and provides actionable tips for finding peace during these difficult times.

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Dr. Megan Riehl

GI Psychologist

Dr. Megan Riehl is a GI psychologist who specializes in the treatment of GI problems and anxiety-related disorders. She is the Clinical Director of the GI Behavioral Health Program at the University of Michigan, offering comprehensive treatment options for people being cared for by the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Working from a collaborative perspective, treatment can focus on improving quality of life, decreasing the frequency and intensity of medical symptoms, establishing healthy stress management tools, and improving coping skills. Dr. Riehl’s approach relies on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy to design unique and flexible treatment plans tailored to the individual. Her clinical research focuses on the delivery of GI behavioral health treatment to individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and disorders of the brain–gut axis. Dr. Riehl is co-chair of the ROME Foundation’s Psychogastroenterology Section – Education and Training Committee, and she serves with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation on two national committees pertaining to the psychosocial aspects of IBD.

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