Paruresis: Facts, Definition, and Help


Paruresis, or “Shy Bladder” as we know it, can be both embarrassing and detrimental to one’s mental and physical health. However, it is completely curable if you seek timely help and learn as much information about it as possible. The following resources will help in understanding the disorder better and ultimately treating it.

Paruresis – What Is This Anxiety And Can Paruresis Be Cured

Paruresis (or Shy Bladder) is a type of social panic. Paruresis (Shy Bladder) is the medical term given to the lack to pee in public. In this hub we will check out Paruresis (Shy Bladder) in the form of a detailed summary.

Shy Bladder is a Medical Condition – National Association of Drug

Shy Bladder is a Medical Condition. by Drug Testing Advisor on July 25, 2009. Source. “Testers need to be more sensitive to people’s medical issues and not automatically assume that just because someone can’t pee doesn’t necessarily

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Rhonda C February 14, 2013 at 1:59 am

My nephew has had two urinary tract infections caused by trying to hold his urine all day in school. He doesn’t have a problem urinating anywhere else but absolutely refuses to at school. He also refuses to talk about why, but we’re thinking he got bullied. Should he see a therapist?


Rich Presta February 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm

It sounds like it may be worthwhile considering some sort of help, whether that be a therapist or a self-help resource the parents could use it a matter of what is best for the family and situation. There’s a great post below about bullying you may want to take a look at:


josjane1406 February 17, 2013 at 8:28 pm

I never really thought this was a big deal. I guess I just figured that if you can’t go when there are people around, just wait until the public bathroom is empty. But now I am thinking of all the times when that would not be feasible. I guess it’s a bigger problem than I would have suspected.


Rich Presta February 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm

How much it impacts a persons like it all dependent on the individual situation.


Sabrina February 23, 2013 at 1:55 am

Is there more likelihood of this progressing to full-blown paruresis if someone doesn’t face their fears and just avoids public restrooms? I mean, I’m not too crazy about public restrooms myself but it’s not anxiety over urinating – it’s concern over germs.


Rich Presta February 24, 2013 at 12:52 am

Avoidance is at the root of all phobias and part of what creates the cycle of fear. Paruresis and a fear of germs or mysophobia are different conditions entirely though.


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