Why You Should Talk about Shy Bladder Syndrome

Shy Bladder Syndrome, also known as paruresis, is considered to be a type of social phobia. Paruresis is characterized by an inability to urinate when you someone else is around you. Shy Bladder Syndrome is more common in men, perhaps in part because men’s restrooms are typically less private than women’s.

Some people who have paruresis feel embarrassed or ashamed of their condition. They don’t realize just how common the disorder is; it affects more than 7 percent of the total population.

In order to spread awareness of paruresis, it needs to be discussed. Go to a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and ask what you can do to overcome your fear. You can also try talking to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. It may even help to talk about your problem with a loved one if you feel that concealing your paruresis is hurting your relationship.

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