Living with Paruresis - Shy Bladder Syndrome

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What is shy bladder syndrome?

We think it is: "An inability to urinate in the presence, real or perceived, of others". Common names for the condition are Shy Bladder, Bashful Bladder, Pee Shy or Stage Fright. A medical description is Psychogenic Urinary Retention. It affects both men and women, of all ages and backgrounds. Sufferers are often called Avoidant Paruretics (or APs for short), because their paruresis causes them to avoid situations that make it difficult or impossible for them to be able to pee.

Find out more about Living with Paruresis, see what others are saying on the forum, look at what you can start doing in The Way Forward, find out about people's experiences of our successful workshops in Case Studies, and book yourself onto one of our weekend Workshops.

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The condition was first researched and defined by Williams and Degenhardt in their paper "Paruresis: a Survey of a Disorder of Micturition" published in the Journal of General Psychology, 1954, 51, 19-29.

It can also affect people's ability to defecate, though by its nature this is usually less of a problem - an information site about this may be found at:



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Desensitisation Help

The provision of desensitisation workshops for men and women across the UK.


Anonymous, moderated forum that provides a safe place to share experiences and support.

Online Support

The provision of internet based information and guidance for men and women.

Toilet Privacy

The promotion of the concept of individual privacy in the design of public toilets.


The promotion of research into all aspects of the condition, particularly its cause and treatment.

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