Was diagnosed a year ago with IBS-d, also I have GAD. Can constantly worrying about my IBS symptoms really make them worse? Or is there possibly something else causing these flare-ups. They don't always last long, but can stop me from planning any outings etc. I get so overwhelmed with trying to find what I can do to feel better, that this causes me more stress..... I live alone and feel there's nobody I can turn to for advice. Would appreciate any help, I'm 69 yrs old and otherwise healthy.