The short answer is ‘yes’ – but to understand why, we have to go to Chinese Medicine for the explanation.
(There may be also an explanation of why this is occurring in conventional medicine, too, but that’s not my field or expertise.)
You can think of the human body as being a sort of ‘liquid crystal’ conductor of electromagnetic energy. These electromagnetic impulses are one of the ways that the different parts of the body communicate with each other. They start off as thought impulses, convert into electromagnetic signals, and then zip-off to various areas to trigger off different physiological changes.
One signal will tell the body to produce more stress hormones, another signal will tell your brain you’re full after a good meal, and so on and so forth.
Now, according to Chinese Medicine the body has 14 main ‘energy pathways’ or meridians, that can be thought of as kind of super-highways for carrying these electromagnetic signals around the human body.
(BTW, a number of rigorous experiments have now been done in Western settings to prove the existence and veracity of energy meridians.)
Each energy meridian is associated with a different set of organs and / or physical functions
Each one of these 14 meridians is associated with a particular set of organs and / or physiological functions in the body. When a meridian gets blocked, weakened, or somehow unbalanced, sooner or later, that’s going to show up as some sort of emotional and / or physical issue or problem.
It’s similar to what happens when a log falls across a stream. For as long as the log is blocking the path, the water can’t flow along its regular route. You’re going to get flooding as the water builds up behind the log, but you’re also going to have things dry out and wither up ahead, because the stream is no longer reaching all that vegetation and watering it, the way it used to.
Remove the log, and things go back to normal – and it’s the same with energy meridians. Get rid of the problem or blockage, and the body will start to function properly again.
(There’s a lot more to say on this subject, and if you’re interested in learning more, I recommend picking up a copy of a book I wrote called: How your emotions are making you sick.)
How Your Emotions Are Making You Sick (Matronita Pocket Guides Book 3) - Kindle edition by Rivka Levy. Professional & Technical Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Bladder meridian and the nervous system
So now, we’re getting to the crux of your question: how is increased urination, wetting the bed etc, related to psychological trauma?
In a nutshell, the energy meridian that is associated with the nervous system is… the bladder meridian.
The diagram at the top of this post shows you the path the bladder meridian takes down the full length of the body.
When someone has experienced psychological trauma, they are often ‘living on their nerves’ – they feel jumpy, irritable, exhausted, panicked, scared, easily startled etc.
This is because psychological trauma can cause the body’s fight-flight-freeze response to get permanently switched on, causing the person to feel stressed-out, anxious and tense 24/7, which is a whole other part of the equation. This is directly connected to things like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
If the nervous system is under strain, then the energy in the bladder meridian is also being weakened, blocked or disrupted in some way.
If this continues over time, or is particularly acute, it can and does result in the physical functioning of the bladder being affected, in some way.
That could easily result in the issues you described in your post, plus things like wetting the bed in children. It’s common knowledge that children wet the bed when they’ve been psychologically traumatized in some way: bullied, yelled at, threatened, scared, criticized etc.
It's also very common for children to be traumatised by watching the adults in their life fight, fall-out, threaten, get angry, breakdown, etc, even when it's nothing directly to do with the child.
How to fix the problem
At the body level, things like massage, acupuncture and acupressure can help you to rebalance the bladder meridian, and encourage the energy to start flowing properly again.
At the mind level, the psychological trauma has to be addressed and resolved. If it’s ongoing, take steps to remove yourself from the source of the trauma, if that’s at all possible. (If it’s an angry boss, that’s usually much easier than if the problem is a parent, spouse, or other close family member.)
If you can’t get away from the problem, then you have to identify things you can do to reduce the psychological impact of being in that stressful relationship or situation. Having firm boundaries really helps, as does understanding what’s really happening, and how negatively it’s impacting you, physically.
(Often, our physical issues show up because we’ve been ignoring our gut reactions about what’s really going on with some of the people around us, and how they are treating us and making us feel.)
At the soul level, any sort of meditation that focuses on things like self-compassion, forgiveness, and connecting to God in whatever way that feels comfortable can give you a very deep sense of being cared for and looked after, which can work wonders for taking down the deeper effects of psychological trauma.
Again, a number of scientific studies have now been done to prove the positive affects this type of meditation can have on traumatized individuals, but the best advice is to try it and see – because it really does work.)
TO SUM UP:
Bladder meridian is connected to the nervous system, and the nervous system gets taken out by psychological trauma. Take steps to remove and deal with the trauma (as much as possible), and strengthen the bladder meridian, and your issues should clear up.
Just in time for Pesach...
It's funny: I often state that I've had about 9 nervous breakdowns the last week, and I usually mean it. But I still didn't realize that 'nervous exhaustion' actually means that your nervous system kind of broke down, and ran out of steam.
But that's exactly what happens: with all the stress we're subjected to, and all the worry, and all the fear that 'something bad' is going to happen any minute, God forbid, and all the stupid news reports we listen to addictively, we're all living on our nerves most of the time - and it's really taking a toll.
Small wonder that stress, anxiety and depression are all at record levels.
So what can we about this? How can we start to fix our nervous system, once it's been shot to pieces? So pleased you asked! I have a few suggestions that have worked wonders for me, so read on.
Every single health issue we have has three aspects to it: the spiritual aspect, the emotional aspect, and the physical aspect.
Let's take nervous breakdowns, and run them through our three part diagnostic system, to see how we can start to strengthen our nervous system.
Spiritual health actions:
When we don't believe in God, or don’t see His hand in the world, or don't believe that He's looking out for us, cares for us, and has our best interests at heart, this puts ENORMOUS amounts of stress on our system. Just think about all the horrible things that could happen to you today (God forbid): you could catch Ebola; you could get fired; your house could burn down - all terrible, horrible things.
But when we work on believing in God a bit more, and trusting Him to take care of us, our spiritual stress starts to reduce, and we feel fundamentally more relaxed.
Emotional health actions:
You can sum it up like this: turn off the news, and stay away from negative, pessimistic people who are always trying to persuade you the end is nigh. Life is actually pretty good! Take a few minutes every day to count the blessings in your life, and say thank you.
Physical health actions:
Bladder is the energy meridian that governs the nervous system, and anything you do to strengthen the bladder meridian will pay big dividends. Things that have worked for me include:
Experiment, and see what works for you, and in the meantime, let me reassure you that nervous breakdowns, or nervous exhaustion, or neurasthenia doesn't have to take you out of action for years: if you follow the three pronged approach outlined above, you can bounce back from your nervous breakdown in a matter of hours, not months.
So about two weeks' ago, we got new downstairs neighbours. About a week after that, they installed air-conditioning (I know - it's the middle of the Winter, but people in Israel use it as central heating, too.) It made a lot of noise, not least because they stuck it on OUR wall, and kept it switched on 24/7, including all through the night.
My Israeli landlord complained strongly, and told them to move it (there are some real advantages to renting…) My husband went down a couple of days' later, to politely request them to move the aircon (as a Brit, he was clearly completely ineffective. See my earlier comment about the Israeli landlord).
Downstairs told him: 'We've called the technician. It's being taken care of.'
Five days after that, my nervous system effectively packed up, and I started to get all sorts of weird physical symptoms, including feeling like I was going to throw up, a weird buzzing sensation throughout my body, an inability to focus my eyes, and strange pains all over my body.
And I had no idea what was causing it.
In the middle of all this, the downstairs neighbours came up to ask for my landlord's phone number. "Is it just him, or you that's got the problem?" she asked me. I told her it was both of us: it's his flat, but it's our quality of life that's being ruined by the non-stop noise her aircon was making.
She wasn’t impressed. "I've got small kids and I don't want them going near the air-conditioning," she told me. "Even if I move it, I'm only moving it a little bit."
In the meantime, the unit didn't go anywhere, and my nervous system crashed. It took me a day, and my daughter doing the very easy pulse test on me (which you can learn as part of the new JEMI certification course - more about that another time) to find out that the main problems appeared to be bladder, Triple Warmer and large intestine meridian.
Bladder is nervous system - and it was completely shot. As I was lying in bed asking G-d for a clue as to why that had happened (and feeling dizzy, nauseous and otherwise physically-wrecked) - downstair's airconditioning whirred on again - and I suddenly felt like I couldn't take another second more.
In my room, you can't even really hear the noise (although it's deafening where my kids sleep) - but there was an almost imperceptible 'hum' and vibration. My walls were shaking, and the barely audible 'buzz' felt like it was all around me, somehow ripping my nervous system to shreds.
I opened the window - louder noise, much lesser vibration - and felt much better, but still pretty awful.
What was I going to do about this problem? And was it REALLY their aircon that was causing so much damage to my health?
Then, it started snowing and my neighbours left for two days, and for the first time in a week, there was no aircon. I got my answer super-fast: yes, their air-conditioning was most, if not all of the problem.
I woke up today feeling so much better. In the meantime, as well as holding my bladder strengthening points, to try and help my nervous system pull itself back together, I also started praying my socks off, because now I have a big problem:
My neighbours clearly love their aircon. Just as clearly, they don't really care what impact it's having on me, or my health. I'm in this flat for at least another 9 months - and I can't cope with non-stop vibrating aircon for that long.
The week I've already experienced nearly killed me.
It seems like an unsolvable problem, even when you have an Israeli landlord to go and do the shouting for you.
So I'm praying, and hoping G-d shows me a solution that won't lead to any more sinat chinam, or brogus, G-d forbid, but won't make me crack up, either. It's a tall order! But G-d can do anything.