IT'S OKAY to feel many emotions when dealing with change. Some changes however, like working out how to manage incontinence in your life, can cause us to feel a sense of hopelessness, and can eventually lead to many forms of depression.
Eventually, you may withdraw from forms of social interaction or your normal activity, and a 'new normal' way of life becomes acceptable.
Integrating any personal health challenge takes time, practice and patience, not to mention loads of support and open communication. We may often feel that no one will understand, that we are the only ones experiencing this and that we don't want to be a burden on others. Remember; if you could help someone with your knowledge and experience, you would share all your highs and lows, your lessons and your pearls of wisdom to make their life easier. Wouldn't you?
The same is true for those people who are wanting to help you. Social isolation, depression and feeling alone and helpless do not need to be your 'new normal'.
There is so much help out there, you just need to reach out and find it.
The emotional impact of incontinence
Incontinence can trigger a range of emotions, which can vary from person to person. Some common emotions may include:
• Embarrassment and denial at having little control over what is considered a basic bodily function
• Anger and frustration about why this has happened to you or someone close to you
• Grief about the changes that incontinence has caused to your life and what you think you, or someone close to you, can no longer do
• Anxiety about not being able to go out in public in case of unexpected accidents
• Fear about being out of control and concern about whether the condition will worsen.
Read more: We found a great resource on the Beyond Blue website, click here to find out more.
Where to find more information:
Access to trusted, relevant mental health care services, online programs and resources
Continence Foundation of Australia www.continence.org.au
1800 33 00 66 (Monday – Friday, 8am to 8pm AEST)
For free, confidential information and advice about incontinence and local services.
This information was originally published on conni.com.au