There are several dynamics and communication tools that can reduce the emotional stigma associated with this condition.
According to the Essity Health and Hygiene Survey 2022-2023 conducted in Colombia, it was noted that 8% of respondents report psychiatric disorders such as depression or anxiety associated with urinary incontinence.
Medellin, July 2023 Urinary incontinence is a health problem that affects more than 400 million people worldwide, and its impact goes beyond the physical aspects. In Colombia, the latest Essity Hygiene and Health Survey found that 8% of those surveyed state that they experience mental health problems such as depression or anxiety associated with this condition.. These results show how the existing taboos around this natural state can have a negative impact on emotional development and stigmatize those who suffer from it. Therefore, it is important to recognize and address the psychological consequences associated with this condition, as well as work towards normalizing it and empowering those who experience it.
With a view to further breaking taboos and promoting the all-round well-being of the people, Maria Adelaide Mejia, Tena Business Unit Marketing Managerthe world’s leading brand in urinary incontinence, shares 5 tips to emotionally support your loved ones in the face of urinary incontinence and possible associated emotionssuch as depression and anxiety.
1. Find information and learn more about urinary incontinence: Acquiring knowledge about this condition is critical to understanding its nature and treatment. Consulting with trusted sources, talking to health care providers, and sharing information with family members can help reduce anxiety and promote mindfulness.
2. Promote open and understanding communication: It is critical to create a safe environment where both survivors and their families feel comfortable sharing their concerns and emotional needs related to incontinence. Empathy and understanding are critical to building strong, supportive relationships.
3. Promote autonomy and self-respect: It is essential to promote independence and self-confidence when treating urinary incontinence for emotional well-being. Encouraging affected people to actively participate in self-care and celebrate their accomplishments can build their self-esteem and promote a positive attitude towards the condition.
4. Provide emotional support: Emotional support and active listening can be life-changing for people with incontinence. Giving them a safe space to express their feelings, worries, and frustrations can ease emotional burdens and strengthen family bonds.
5. Explore treatment options and solutions: It is important to explore the available treatment options and discuss them with your doctor. Because incontinence can have many different causes, there are a number of ways to deal with it, from lifestyle changes and physical therapy to the use of medications or considering surgery. It is also important to be aware of urinary incontinence products such as protectors, towels or pants as they are part of the acceptance and adaptation process.
Finally, Mejia highlights the importance of spreading awareness and education about urinary incontinence, a condition that affects many people who don’t usually talk about it. “At TENA, we aim to break taboos and promote education through our virtual academy. We offer ongoing virtual conversations to the general public, emphasizing that everyone can lead a fulfilling social life without having to worry about this condition. In addition, we have a virtual office for monitoring, answering questions and providing a safe space so that everyone can be well informed on this topic, as we believe that information is essential for people’s well-being.”