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December 2013

An overactive bladder can be more than an inconvenience. People with overactive bladder make eight or more trips to the bathroom a day, and may get up twice or more in the night, with an urgent need to urinate.

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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: What is overactive bladder?

In December, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Frances Stewart, advanced practice nurse and nurse continence advisor at Women’s College Hospital, about overactive bladder, and steps people can take to help manage it.

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As human beings, it’s entirely normal for us to feel sad or down from time to time in the midst of our busy schedules and daily activities. When we start to feel a sudden loss of interest in activities that used to make us happy or consistently feel a depressive mood, this is characterized as depression. Your ability to perform usual daily tasks and maintain relationships with those around you can become increasingly difficult. Although both men and women can suffer from depression, women are more susceptible to this condition and will have vastly different experiences than men. This is because causes of and responses to stress are different between men and women. For example, women may feel depressed at unique times, such as during or after pregnancy. The Online Mental Health Centre provides more information on different types of mood disorders, which symptoms to look for and what you can do to alleviate your depression, so you can get back to enjoying your life.

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