Incontinence & Depression

Suffering from incontinence can affect a person’s emotional well-being, damaging their self-esteem or restricting their independence. Many people who suffer from incontinence feel ashamed of their condition, and feel unable to confide in family and friends for fear of being judged. This, combined with an aversion to appearing in public, can lead to people feeling isolated and depressed, or suffering from anxiety. It has been estimated than half of people who suffer from incontinence also suffer from forms of depression.

It is important not to neglect the emotional effects of depression while treating the physical symptoms. In particular, it is crucial that anyone suffering from incontinence is supported by someone – either by family and friends, or if they are too embarrassed to confide in people they know, their doctor or other sufferers. The Bladder and Bowel Foundation run a help-line, which offers advice and support. They also have forums on their website so you can chat to fellow sufferers.