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 paruresis in What is Paruresis?, see what others are saying on the forum, look at what you can start doing in Living with Paruresis, find out about people's experiences of managing and overcoming paruresis in Paruresis Stories, and register your interest for one of our virtual workshops in 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: www.shybowel.com

 

 

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Latest News and Information

21 November 2021
Living with Paruresis
General News
Workshops
Some men call it 'stage fright'. Many men experience it from time to time – they need to pee, they visit the urinal, but nothing happens. Another day ...
10 September 2021
Living with Paruresis
General News
Workshops
Do you have a family member or a friend who has confided in you that they have a social anxiety around using public toilets, often known as shy bladde...
16 July 2021
Living with Paruresis
General News
Workshops
The notion of public toilet "performance anxiety" is a familiar one to many men, with up to 4 million in the UK saying that they experience shy bladde...
21 November 2021
Living with Paruresis
General News
Workshops
Some men call it 'stage fright'. Many men experience it from time to time – they need to pee, they visit the urinal, but nothing happens. Another day ...
10 September 2021
Living with Paruresis
General News
Workshops
Do you have a family member or a friend who has confided in you that they have a social anxiety around using public toilets, often known as shy bladde...
16 July 2021
Living with Paruresis
General News
Workshops
The notion of public toilet "performance anxiety" is a familiar one to many men, with up to 4 million in the UK saying that they experience shy bladde...

The relief of persons suffering from the social anxiety Avoidant Paruresis

Our Aims and Goals

Desensitisation Help

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

Forum

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.

Research

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

Raise Awareness

The raising of public awareness, including that of the medical profession.
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