Today 180 Medical published the essay I wrote for them on their blog, calling it "Facing Catheter-Related Depression: Brian's Story."
They decided not to put my email address in, though I said this would be fine with me. In case anyone wants to contact me about what I wrote, my email address is in the right sidebar, or click here.
The blog post looks great -- nicely laid out. There were a few edits to shorten the piece, but I didn't even notice what got left out. Jessica Flint's introduction was well put.
It’s not often talked about, but the process of catheterization can sometimes impact mental and emotional health. Some people may face catheter-related depression or anxiety while others might handle the transition to catheterization with few hiccups. Also, some may need to use catheters as a result of a traumatic illness or injury, which can also make a major impact on one’s mental health.
These issues aren’t necessarily rare, and yet most resources only talk about topics like how to use a catheter. Not many resources talk about how having to use catheters can make you feel.
In Brian’s personal story, he shares how he came to need to use catheters as well as some of the difficulties he has experienced. He knows firsthand how the transition to using catheters can be deeply frustrating and isolating for some. By sharing his experience openly, Brian hopes to help other catheter-users know they’re not alone in their struggles.