Encopresis - Symptoms, Causes and Treatments - GoMentor


This elimination disorder affects a child's ability to have proper bowel movements. Whether it is a problem with voluntary or involuntary bowel movements, there are serious symptoms that appear with this disorder. The causes are usually physical problems with the bowels, but improper diet or toilet training may also play a part in increasing the chances of this elimination disorder being a problem. Here at GoMentor.com, we have trained therapists who specialize in elimination disorders like encopresis, and they can help with treatment. Before deciding that online therapy is the right way for you to get help with this disorder, here is some more information.

Causes of Encopresis

Constipation and fecal impaction are usually two main causes of this disorder, which can be caused by a poor diet. While this is the main source of this elimination disorder, there are certain circumstances that can aggravate the situation. For example, improper toilet training, oppositional defiant disorder, or another conduct disorder may help increase the chances of having a problem with this disorder. Whatever the root causes of encopresis, it is important to look carefully for the symptoms.

Symptoms of Encopresis 

Because of the secretive behavior that sometimes surrounds bowel movements, it can be difficult to see the symptoms of encopresis, but they generally include incontinence, constipation, and other problems with bowel movements. The appearance of the secretive bathroom behavior may itself be a big sign that encopresis may be a problem. If any of the symptoms do appear more than twice a month, it is important to get a diagnosis so that treatment can be started to avoid the risks associated with encopresis.


Dangers of Encopresis

If not treated correctly, encopresis can lead to serious health and mental issues. The embarrassment caused by this disorder may lead to withdrawal from society, a low self-esteem, or even depression. Physical dangers include permanent damage to the intestines as well as other medical risks. Because of the serious nature of these risks, if the symptoms of encopresis appear, it is vital to get a diagnosis to that treatment for the elimination disorder can begin.

Treatment for Encopresis 

The sooner treatment begins for encopresis, the better the chances of being successful in minimizing or even eliminating the symptoms of this elimination disorder. The online therapy here at GoMentor.com combines guidance by trained therapists with online counseling that can really help with emotional support. Many people are able to overcome encopresis with a little help and guidance. With online therapy from the highly skilled therapists at GoMentor.com, you can learn to deal with the symptoms of this elimination disorder and live a more normal life.

Definition of Encopresis

Encopresis is the voluntary or involuntary passage of stools in a child - typically over 4 years old - who has already been toilet trained. Symptoms include involuntary bowel movements, secretive bathroom and bowel movement behavior, constipation and other bowel problems. Treatment with therapy and counseling is helpful dealing with all the symptoms and dangers of encopresis.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Encopresis

  • Secretive bowel movement behavior
  • Constipation 
  • Inability to retain feces (incontinence)
  • Hard stools


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