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Silently facing an unmanly thing

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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 it may be no problem. But for some men, stage fright (aka shy bladder syndrome or paruresis) is a daily fact of life. And a fact which can have devastating effects on their mental health. Social life,...
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How can I support a friend or relative living with paruresis?

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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 bladder syndrome or paruresis? If you have, your friend or family member probably really values your friendship as it's not an easy thing to admit to, and they may have agonised long and hard before decidin...
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New resources for women

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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 bladder (paruresis) to some degree. But do women experience shy bladder too? Yes, they do, and we know that it can cause pain, anxiety, restricted lives and depression. But as no figures exist for women, we...
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Supporting young people to attend UKPT Workshops

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We welcome people of all ages to our Workshops. Participants frequently range from teenagers (including those under 18) to people in their seventies and beyond. Our youngest participants sometimes come to UKPT through parents, guardians or other adults seeking support on behalf of someone they care about. We asked two parents of participants to sha...
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New YouTube videos explain what paruresis is and how to overcome it

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 The UKPT is delighted to endorse a new series of videos which explain what paruresis is and describe what can be done to overcome it. The videos, which can be found on the link below, have been put together by Martin Burridge. Martin is a trained counsellor with experience of working with anxieties and phobias who now works in the space indus...
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Paruresis: back to reality

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For some paruresis sufferers lockdown has brought unexpected relief from the persistent worry about where they might find the next toilet they feel safe to use when out and about. Spending most of our time at home, without visitors, means that peeing has become a less-stressful activity, to be carried out with the same lack of concern enjoyed by th...
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Women experience paruresis too

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In a new video for our YouTube channel, UKPT Workshop Leader and Trustee Ann speaks frankly about her own experience of paruresis (shy bladder) and challenges the myth that this is a condition which only affects men. Having attended workshops – and now running them – Ann's attitude to the condition has changed dramatically and she says "it doesn't ...
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Meet a UKPT Workshop Leader

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Experience tells us that people often hesitate before booking onto UKPT Workshop. Sometimes weeks, months or even years will go by between finding out about the UKPT and attending a Workshop. We are always happy that people do come along when the time is right for them. The feedback we receive after Workshops often mentions the friendly, welcoming ...
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Virtual Workshop

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Following UKPT's trial Virtual Workshop, we're pleased to say that the feedback was very positive, and our new programme of day Virtual Workshops is up and running from September 2020. We're asking that people who are interested register their interest by email, letting us know if you would be available on a week day or would prefer a weekend day.O...
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Paruresis and COVID-19

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Paruresis is defined as a form of social anxiety which leads to the inability to pee in the actual or perceived proximity to others. You might therefore think that social distancing measures, introduced to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, might make things easier for sufferers since we are all being asked to avoid being around others where po...
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British Medical Association's (BMA) Patient Information Awards 2019

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UK Paruresis Trust are delighted that their website was recently rated Highly Commended in the British Medical Association's (BMA) Patient Information Awards 2019. The awards were established in 1997 to encourage excellence in the production and design of health information resources for patients. Judges from the BMA assessed how health professiona...
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Going in Front of Strangers or Friends

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Many sufferers of paruresis tell us they often find it harder to go to the toilet when they are out or with people they know than with strangers. The issue suggests we worry a great deal about what our friends, family and acquaintances think of us; perhaps more so than strangers. Paruresis or "shy bladder syndrome" affects sufferers by making it di...
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Has Paruresis Affected Your Choice of Career?

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When you suffer from paruresis (or shy bladder syndrome), the everyday activity of going to the toilet can turn into a minefield. Many sufferers avoid having to use public or shared bathrooms by cutting down on how much they drink or making an extra effort to time bathroom visits carefully so that they are the only ones using it. But paruresis migh...
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Coping with Paruresis as a Student

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​Student life promises many things—and most of them exciting. For many young people, it marks their first venture into the adult world and all that entails, from living away from your family, to shopping for food, doing your own laundry and, hopefully, enjoying an exciting new social life. But if you're a sufferer of paruresis aka shy bladder syndr...
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National Lottery funding

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We're delighted to have received funding of just over £16,000 from National Lottery Awards for All in England and Scotland to fund our outreach activities over the next 12 months. We shall be trying to raise awareness of paruresis and UKPT as early as possible in people's experience of the condition, focusing on reaching students through universiti...
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Awesome stuff. Way to go guys, as a 22 year old suffering from paruresis i think that increased awareness is something that can he... Read More
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UKPT Annual Report 2018

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​The UK Paruresis Trust is pleased to provide it's latest annual report, released in June 2018.   Download PDF File Here
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Women’s support and information day 16th June 2018

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We are planning a UKPT Women's day in central London on 16th June 2018, beginning at noon and ending at 5.00 pm. There appears to be fewer females than males affected by paruresis, but nevertheless some women's lives are severely affected by the difficulties they experience in using toilets away from their own home. 16th June will be an opportunity...
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Upcoming Manchester (Beginners) and Reading (Follow up) workshops

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Booking has now opened for the next UK Paruresis Trust weekend workshops. The next Beginners Workshop takes place in Manchester on 9th – 11th March and the next Follow Up Workshop takes place in Reading on 20th – 22nd April. Please visit our Workshop page to find out more information about the workshops. Here you can find out what happens during th...
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Beginners Workshop Reading 2nd-4th February 2018

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Booking has now opened for the next UK Paruresis Trust weekend workshop taking place at Reading in February. Please visit our Workshop page to find out more information about the workshops. Here you can find out what happens during these sessions, and you can read the Evaluation Report and Case Studies to fin...
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Effectiveness of UKPT workshops Report

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The UK Paruresis Trust is pleased to launch its report of a survey into the effectiveness of UKPT workshops based on participants' feedback and their subsequent progress in overcoming paruresis.   Download PDF File Here
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Systematic desensitization is a behavioral technique commonly used to treat fear, uneasiness issue, and phobias. Utilizing this te... Read More
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