A case is reported in which a method for short-term therapy was developed and used in the treatment of psychogenic urinary retention and associated neurotic behavior. The method was based on the assumption that bladder hypofunction was directly related to the patient's inability to engage in selfassertive behavior. The treatment program involved, (1) the use of electrical stimulation to bring bladder function under voluntary control, and (2) the provision of a therapeutic relationship in which assertive responses could be instigated and reinforced. Its promise is attested to by the fact that after 4 months this patient, with a history of 15 yr of almost chronic urinary retention, was able to return home as an adequately functioning member of society. An 18-month follow-up indicates no relapse.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health