A study published in May 2011 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that children and teens diagnosed with Crohn's disease are at a higher risk for developing anxiety disorder and depression. Other studies found that appropriate intervention greatly improves children's mental status and ability to cope with the disease. 
A study done by the Pediatric IBD Center among participants of our coping workshops for children and teens with IBD found that the workshops indeed improve the ability to cope with the illness. 
The coping workshops express the comprehensive approach of the Pediatric IBD Center. We accompany the patients and their families through all aspects of life with the disease. The workshops play a vital role in providing skills to dealing with the ramifications of the disease and its effect on personal, social and familial functions. The workshops also provide a strong sense of togetherness and instill comfort. They allow kids to meet other people who understand without having to explain, because they are in the exact same situation. 

In addition to the groups for children and teens there is a separate group for their parents. These groups are open to participants from all over Israel. 
The entire project is done in cooperation with the Israel Foundation for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, under the leadership of expert psychologists.

Among the topics discussed during the workshops:
Openness promotes healing: How to share the disease with friends
Pressure relief: Developing awareness and exercising relaxation
Professionals answering parental questions: doctors, dieticians, complementary medicine specialists and others



 

A study at SZMC found: Constructed support workshops improve quality of life in adolescents with IBD

A research conducted by Dr. Roey Abramovich with the supervision of Prof. Dan Turner examined the effectiveness of the support workshops of the Pediatric IBD Center at SZMC. He found that participation in these workshops improved the participants' quality of life on several levels: 72% of teens reported improvement in their mood and 75% reported that the workshops helped them cope with the difficulties of the disease. An improvement was observed in other measurements of quality of life, the appearance of symptoms, emotional function, social function and the ability to cope with the illness.
77% of parents reported that their child copes better with the difficulties of the disease, 77% observed an improvement in their child's quality of life and 53% also think that the course of the disease was improved. In addition all parents reported that they benefitted from the parental group and from sharing their experiences with others.