My 16-year-old son still wets the bed. — What should I do?

Milk Magazine (English) - - EDUCATION -

Lil­iane Hol­stein, psy­cho­an­a­lyst. If you’ve ex­plored all med­i­cal causes (sec­ondary enure­sis is one), then it is im­por­tant to con­sult a psy­chol­o­gist. At this age, your teenager must be suf­fer­ing deeply and feel­ing in­cred­i­bly ashamed or he may even be in so­cial with­drawal (he no longer dares to sleep at friends’ houses and must be scared of start­ing any sort of amorous re­la­tion­ship). More than enough to de­stroy his con­fi­dence. This type of prob­lem of­ten re­sults from a rad­i­cal change in his life. It may also be re­lated to the fact that your teenager has a prob­lem he’s un­able to deal with, though he may not show his dis­tress in pub­lic. Don’t make any hu­mil­i­at­ing com­ments and re­spect his pri­vacy (he should be the one to put his bed linen in the wash bas­ket, for ex­am­ple). With such a del­i­cate prob­lem, only a pro­fes­sional will be able to un­der­stand his sub­con­scious mech­a­nisms.

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