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Is there a name for a mental disorder where a teenage, female urinates in her bedroom? Urinates on the floor, in dresser drawers, in garbage cans and stores it? Doesn't do drugs or drink.

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Hi Shari,

The condition that you describe is not common. The general name for the condition which describes when someone who urinates the bed at night OR urinates in inappropriate places is called "ENURESIS." Most often this happens in childhood and is known as "bed-wetting."  It is much less commonly seen in adolescence. I would be concerned that this behavior might indicate a mental health issue and might be a result of some kind of past trauma. Having no other information, that is the best answer I can give you. If you are suffering from this problem, I would suggest you tell someone you trust so you can get appropriate help to understand this issue. Alternatively, you might ask to see a psychologist or psychotherapist so you can tell them directly without risking your privacy. A good psychotherapist could be very helpful. If it is a friend who has told you about the problem, I might just listen to her and suggest she ask to see a psychotherapist so she can talk about this issue confidentially.

I hope this helps.  

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I would like to answer under the category of Psychiatry and Psychology. However, I would like to see a separate category for Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis. I do not answer questions about medications as I do not prescribe. My expertise is in psychotherapeutic treatment.

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I am a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst who specializes in the treatment of mental health issues caused by childhood trauma, domestic abuse, eating disorders, relationship difficulties, and a wide variety of psychological disorders. The kind of therapy I do is often referred to as deep therapy, talk therapy, or psychoanalytic therapy. Please note that I am not against medications and when managed well, medication can be an adjunct to psychotherapy intervention. I think it is important for the public to realize that psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy DOESmake changes not only in people's minds but those changes can also be detected in their brain structure. Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are powerful interventions to help people change their lives from the inside out.

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American Psychoanalytic Association American Psychiatric Nurse Association Member of Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia Member of National Eating Disorder Association

Education/Credentials
Ph.D.-University of Pennsylvania, Psychology and Education, Division of Human Development M.S.N. and R.N.-B.C. Board Certified Nurse in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 2-Year Adult Psychotherapy Program graduate 2-Year Child Psychotherapy Graduate Current: Candidate in Psychoanalytic Training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Past/Present Clients
I have worked with clients who have experienced significant childhood traumas. These patients come with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideations, relationship difficulties and diagnoses such as Personality Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, and, though rarely, Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly multiple Personality Disorder)

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