Is Your Need to Pee Getting You Down?

Overactive bladder can lead to the blues, and worse. Here are 7 ways to deal if OAB is making you depressed (10 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Nov 3, 2011 at 3:01PM

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Is Your Need to Pee Getting You Down?

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Is Your Need to Pee Getting You Down?

Studies show that as many as two-thirds of women with symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB) -- needing to urinate more than eight times during the day and more than once at night, a sense of urgency to rush to the bathroom and sometimes not quite making it or “leaking” -- also experience depression. It’s easy to see how OAB symptoms might cause frustration, dejection and, yes, even depression.

“As with any chronic condition, over a period of time overactive bladder symptoms can make you lose your sense of vitality, lessen your social contact and upset your quality of life, any of which can bring on or exacerbate feelings of depression,” says Nancy Molitor, Ph.D., assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “Fortunately, there are steps you can take to gain control of your OAB symptoms -- and feel better emotionally, too.”

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