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"NIGHT COFFEE: Taboo diseases - what to be ashamed of?"

There are still numerous illnesses in which those affected have to cope with the oblique looks of their fellow human beings in addition to physical or psychological suffering. Around 160,000 people in Germany live with an artificial anus. For many a horror idea. Circular hair loss in women or erectile dysfunction in men can also cause great suffering for those affected. Trying to hide the problem can lead to great stress. Those affected ask themselves the following questions: Who can I confide in? When is the right time? The fear of rejection and negative reactions is great. It takes a lot of self-confidence to find a natural way of dealing with so-called "taboo diseases". What can help those affected on this path? What can be done to increase acceptance? Michael Steinbrecher will talk about this with his guests in the "NIGHT COFFEE: Taboo diseases - what to be ashamed of?" On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, 10 p.m., on SWR television.

The guests in the "NIGHT COFFEE":

Sara Wendhack has had hair loss since childhood

Sara Wendhack's hair suddenly fell out at the age of two: instead of beautiful red curls, she was suddenly bald - much to the horror of her parents. The diagnosis: circular hair loss. "I always found myself terribly ugly," says Wendhack. "I felt like an alien." For decades she did not leave the house without a wig in order to avoid irritated looks. But six months ago, Wendhack made a radical decision.

Patrick Schloss is dependent on a stoma after colon cancer surgery

For Patrick Schloss the diagnosis of colon cancer came as a big shock. He has had a stoma since he had an operation. An artificial anus - almost unbearable for Schloss. He was so ashamed that severe depression even drove him to thoughts of suicide. "I was embarrassed when the bowel puffed, made loud noises," says Schlosser. "I just kept thinking: I hope the stoma isn't making right now."

Melanie Clauss experienced an everyday life with obsessive-compulsive illness

Melanie Clauss knows how shame mental illnesses are. Her first harbingers began four years ago - she kept repeating inspections to see if doors and windows were closed and all appliances were switched off: "For a long time I tried to hide my compulsions from my colleagues and my family." Order and obsessional thoughts until the compulsions finally dominated her entire life.

Inge Erdinger has suffered from lipedema for decades

Slender at the top, fat at the bottom - that was Inge Erdinger's body shape when she was younger. She only found out that lipedema - a fat distribution disorder - was the cause when pain and weight gain got worse and worse. Up to four million women in Germany have lipedema, but only a few speak openly about it. "When children point at me on the street, I explain to them what's wrong with me," says Erdinger, who fights against the stigmatization of this disease.

Steve Pinther sweats excessively due to hyperhidrosis

When paramedic Steve Pinther comes back from an assignment, he first has to wring out his socks. He has hyperhidrosis: his body produces excessive sweat - even when it's freezing cold or while sleeping. “I kept my illness a secret from my fiancé for a long time,” says Pinther. For years he tried everything to reduce perspiration. Meanwhile, all of his hope lies in an operation that will relieve him of his suffering.

Dr. Yael Adler works as a dermatologist and author

Strong smells, loud noises, hair loss or pain in the genital area: As a dermatologist, Dr. Yael Adler is none of this strange. She knows what people are most ashamed of - but she also knows that taboos can be fatal. "If you wait too long to see a doctor, taboo diseases can become dangerous," says the doctor.

"NIGHT COFFEE" - sophisticated talk at eye level

The "NACHTCAFÉ" has been one of the most successful talk shows on German television for decades. Every Friday evening, presenter Michael Steinbrecher welcomes people with special life stories, including celebrities and experts, to deal with a topic with them. This broadcast was recorded without a studio audience in order to take health protection into account.


“NIGHT COFFEE: Taboo diseases - what to be ashamed of?” On Friday, January 22nd, 2021, 10 pm on SWR television

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