Does incontinence cause geliophobia?
Laugh Without Leaking on World Laughter Day - 6 May
To celebrate the internationally recognised World Laughter Day (6 May), the Continence Foundation of Australia’s Laugh Without Leaking campaign has revealed the good news that incontinence, suffered by more than 5 million Aussies, need not cause geliophobia.
Geliophobia is a genuine fear of laughter says awarding-winning comedian and Continence Foundation Ambassador, Bev Killick who has lived with incontinence most of her life.
“We all know laughter is the best medicine. Many people who have a problem with leaking, may also have a fear of laughing,” says Bev.
“I often have people come up to me after a show and say ‘I laughed so hard, I wet my pants’. As a comedian, that’s a great compliment, but now I feel I also have the responsibility to tell others that you can still have a good laugh without leaking,” says Bev.
The Continence Foundation of Australia believes humour is a great way to overcome the stigma of incontinence and get people talking about their bladder, bowel and pelvic floor problems. That is why they have partnered with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow as it journeys across Australia for the next three months, spreading the good news that the majority of incontinence cases can be helped or even cured.
“One in four Australians have an incontinence issue,” says Continence Foundation CEO Rowan Cockerell. “For many, incontinence is not a laughing matter. It is an embarrassing and frequently painful problem that can lead to anxiety, depression and other serious health issues. That is why it is important to urge people to seek help and take that first step toward a happier, healthier future.”
World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Indian doctor, Madan Kataria in Mumbai, as a positive influence on health and wellbeing. It is now celebrated in 105 countries worldwide.
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