Many opportunities exist for patients and families to interact and share experiences. Often this is the most effective approach, particularly for adolescents who may feel encumbered by the structured setting of a psychologist's office. A great deal of anxiety can be relieved as they and their families come to realize that others with IBD are leading normal and productive lives. We have "sleep over" events for adolescents, holiday parties for patients and families, a camp for patients and siblings, and a "Patient Education Day" for families that consists of formal lectures on a wide variety of IBD topics.*
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