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Taiwan Study Suggests Interstitial Cystitis Raises Risk for Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia

woman-lying-in-bed-black-whiteResearchers in Taiwan have looked at the records of over 16,000 people who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder Pain Syndrome (along with a 32,000 person control group). Their findings were that those who suffer from Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder Pain Syndrome had significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression and insomnia than found in the control group. It is important to note that these findings could not be explained by another medical condition or drug abuse.

The results of the study suggest that living with Interstitial Cystitis or Bladder Pain Syndrome puts you at risk for developing anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Let’s talk about why this might happen. First, bladder conditions are obviously unpleasant and oftentimes painful. Living with bladder pain, pressure, urgency, frequency, many trips to the bathroom, and the frustration of always feeling like you have to go is not a walk in the park. These symptoms disrupt your lifestyle and get in the way of everything from going to the movie theater, traveling, or even just making it through work. Always wondering you’re going to “make it” could easily cause anxiety in your day-to-day life. And if you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom or can’t sleep because you’re afraid you’ll have an accident, it seems only right that sooner or later it would become hard to sleep. And if you have all these issues going on and you feel like nobody else truly understands, it can be a very isolating experience.  It makes sense that those with Interstitial Cystitis are more likely to develop anxiety, depression, and insomnia, but this certainly doesn’t have to be the case.

My office treats a variety of women suffering from Interstitial Cystitis, and although some do suffer from anxiety, depression, or insomnia, it certainly isn’t true for everyone. Interstitial Cystitis does not have to rule your life. With dietary changes, medication, or one of our treatment plans, you can lead a full life without anxiety or depression– and you can even sleep through the night.

For the article in reference, visit: http://www.ichelp.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=437


Posted in Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Interstitial Cystitis, Symptoms

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