Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021; 25 (4): 2109-2113

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202102_25116

Web-mediated counseling to counteract the emotional impact of COVID-19 for women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome

G. Marano, E. Gaetani, M. Marturano, G. Sani, A. Gasbarrini, G. Scambia, M. Mazza

Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology, Department of Geriatrics, Neuroscience and Orthopedics, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, UniversitĂ  Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy. mariannamazza@hotmail.com


OBJECTIVE: Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic and rare disease, more frequent in women. Symptoms of continuous pain can produce psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression. The spread of COVID-19 pandemic added to distress experienced by patients with IC emotions, such as fear, sadness, boredom, frustration and anger.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A research on very recent literature outlines the necessity for patients facing the complexity of IC during the COVID-19 outbreak to prevent the temporary crisis, to broaden perspectives, to deal with confusion, to support in struggling with unpleasant and unexpected events.

CONCLUSIONS: People affected by IC have a psychological vulnerability that needs tailored support interventions, particularly in the COVID era. A multidisciplinary approach offers a personalized treatment through a web-mediated counseling intervention for patients and their caregivers: a space for continuous discussion and reflection can favour a relationship-based process of change aimed at an improvement in quality of life.

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G. Marano, E. Gaetani, M. Marturano, G. Sani, A. Gasbarrini, G. Scambia, M. Mazza
Web-mediated counseling to counteract the emotional impact of COVID-19 for women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2021
Vol. 25 - N. 4
Pages: 2109-2113
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202102_25116