Paruresis Books

Book List

Here is a list of recommended reading - most are available from www.amazon.co.uk, in which case a direct link is provided. Others are available direct from the author and/or from the IPA store.

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Shy Bladder Syndrome

George D. Zgourides, Joseph Himle, Steven Soifer

In the book, among other topics, Dr. Soifer describes a practice called desensitisation, or graduated exposure therapy. It is a process through which you learn to gradually expose yourself to (rather than AVOID) situations in which you cannot urinate. Considered the definitive book on the subject.
ISBN: 1572242272

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Curing Phobias, Shyness & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders 

Dr. Howard Liebgold

Also referred to as Phobease.This offers practical advice in treating social phobias, including paruresis. He also teaches classes and is a member of the IPA Advisory Board.

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Free 2 Pee: A Self Help Guide for Men with Paruresis

Dr. Christopher McCullough

Though geared towards the male audience, this book provides useful information on secondary paruresis and how to deal with it. In essence, you learn how to be comfortable BEING ANXIOUS.

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Not Your Normal Family

Fiona Barrington

An autobiographical account of the difficulties of growing up and living as an undiagnosed Asperger Syndrome woman; Fiona also suffered from shy bladder until receiving therapy in her late teens. She went on to gain fulfilment by adopting two Down’s Syndrome boys. An inspirational read.

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Bathrooms Make Me Nervous

A Guidebook for Women with Urination Anxiety (Shy Bladder)
Carol Olmert

"For more than 40 years, I suffered from a severe case. Almost every waking moment my attention was focused on everyday rituals - the when, where, how and whether I could urinate that day and the consequences of not being able to do so. When am I going to find that next safe bathroom? If I'm thirsty, can I risk drinking something now? As a result, I missed out on all kinds of life-affirming activities and opportunities. In short, my condition ran my life - it defined who I was to a large degree - and I felt very alone and isolated because of it. After many years of struggle, I have now completely recovered. As a result, my life has changed in many positive ways. I want to share my long journey with you through this book. In it I provide female and male paruretics - and those who treat and support them - with the wisdom that I and others have gained from our personal experiences with this condition."

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I'm OK You're OK

Thomas A Harris
ISBN: 0099552418

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TA Today : A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Ian Stewart, Vann Joines 
ISBN: 1870244001

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Knots

RD Laing 
ISBN: 03494717767

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Do You Really Love Me?

RD Laing 
ISBN: 0140040870

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Laughter Therapy

Annette Goodheart 
ISBN: 0936941057

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Brain Lock

Jeffrey Schwartz 
ISBN: 0060987111

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