How a parent reacts to bedwetting can impact the child's emotional wellbeing
Have you heard of The Loneliest Runner? It is a semi-autobiographical movie based on the the childhood of a boy named Michael Langdon and his struggle with bedwetting till the age of 14. In an effort to stop Michael from wetting his bed, his mother Peggy displayed the urine stained sheets in prominent view by the window, so his friends could see them on their way back from school and have a good laugh. Deeply embarrassed, Michael raced home every evening and retrieved the sheets, even before his friends could leave the school building. Michael started running to salvage the situation but this training later contributed to his athletic prowess and won him a scholarship to the University of California. Although his Olympic ambitions never saw the light of day, he went on to make a stellar career in cinema. Today the world knows Langdon as a TV actor, writer, director and producer of acclaim. What it doesn’t know is that for the longest time, Michael suffered from poor self-esteem and it took many years for him to get over the painful memory of his mother displaying the sheets.
(This article was written using inputs from Dr.Nithya Poornima, clinical psychologist, NIMHANS.)