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An Odd Coping Behavior for Stress

I know it sounds strange, but I honestly have always struggled with desires to start wearing incontinence products full time and to start identifying myself as incontinent whenever necessary. It may not be the healthiest of coping skills for my anxiety, but I have yet to find anything else that so dramatically lowers my anxiety than by wearing and using Depends. I’ve spent years struggling with this whole issue, but if anyone might be able to provide any type of encouragement, I would be grateful. (From the USA)

An Odd Coping Behavior for Stress


  There can be a wide variety of reasons this practice helps with your anxiety that range from the security felt as a child to the fear of incontinence. What is important to keep in mind is that you found something that works for you. Perhaps the reason why is uncertain, but you certainly are not along. Others have had such concerns and they struggle with the issue as well.

People cope with anxiety in a myriad of ways and the fact that you have found something that helps, isn’t self-destructive and doesn’t harm anyone is a plus.

Yet if it bothers you you may want to try some individual therapy to find out why it works. Sometimes this insight can lead to finding alternates that don’t cause you so much concern.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

An Odd Coping Behavior for Stress

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2017). An Odd Coping Behavior for Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2018, from


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