Individuals who suffer significant stress / trauma in early life are more likely to suffer from NOCTURNAL ENURESIS than those individuals who are fortunate enough not to do so.
What Is Nocturnal Enuresis?
Nocturnal enuresis is a pattern of voiding urine, at night, into bed or clothes, and can be both involuntary or deliberate. To be classified as nocturnal enuresis, such voiding of urine must occur after the age of 5 years.
Is Someone Who Suffers From Nocturnal Enuresis Likely To Suffer From Other Types Of Psychopathology?
Yes, relative to those who do not suffer from it. Psychopathological conditions associated with nocturnal enuresis include the following :
Nocturnal Enuresis In Adolescents :
It is generally believed that an adolescent who suffers from nocturnal enuresis is more likely to have underlying psychopathological conditions (such as the four that I have listed above) than a much younger child who suffers from it.
Other Information About Nocturnal Enuresis :
In most involuntary cases, the voiding of urine occurs between 30 minutes and 3 hours of the individual who suffers from it falling asleep and, for the condition to be formally diagnosed (according to the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Illness IV , or DSM IV) the symptoms must have occurred at least twice per week for at least three consecutive months or they must have caused marked impairment or distress to the sufferer.
What Treatments Are Available For Nocturnal Enuresis?
Treatments for nocturnal enuresis include :
- behavior modification
- psychotherapy for associated, psychopathological conditions (such as those referred to above)
- certain medications (on the advice of a suitably qualified professional such as a GP)
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