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My Advice: Don't Hide It

8 months ago

I am in my 20's with OAB. I was embarrassed to have it, and didn't know who to talk to. I used to keep it very secret and make excuses for not being able to hang out with friends or miss entire days of school or why I would be really irritable, but then I realized I was just contributing to the taboo subject of OAB. For me, this fed a vicious cycle of school stress causing about my OAB, then stressing trying to think of an excuse to miss things, then having anxiety about lying and hiding it, which just made my stress worse and my OAB worse. Surprise. Being open about my symptoms actually helps me deal with them in the present, the long term, and with my anxiety overall. Don't hide it. Hope this helps anyone struggling. :)