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Incontinence Causes May be Linked to Depression

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:13pm

Researchers at the University of Virginia Department of Urology and Walter Reed Army Medical Center have found that a brain chemical called serotonin, which malfunctions in people with depression, may also be linked tourge incontinencefrom an overactive bladder.

That means antidepressant drugs used to block serotonin absorption in the brain may also help patients manageurge incontinence. Unlike stress incontinence, which is when bladder muscles weaken through ageing, physical stress such as coughing, or neurological disorders,urge incontinencecan be inherited and often begins in childhood.

Nurses who talk with their patients aboutincontinenceshould also be on the lookout for symptoms of depression and vice-versa.

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