Shy Bladder – Paruresis

Feeling shy when going to the bathroom?

Not to worry! Paruresis, or shy bladder syndrome, is actually quite common among men, starting at a young age. Fortunately, this condition is completely treatable. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective forms of treatment for anxiety when peeing. The key is to be willing to engage in treatment and hang in there with your anxiety. Our minds are not always our best friend, especially when we feel pressured to perform. Peeing in public is just another form of performance anxiety. Nobody thinks it’s strange to feel anxious when giving a speech or having to perform on stage, and paruresis is no different. The human mind has the ability to make public bathrooms feel like the biggest stage on Broadway. The good news is you can train your mind to behave differently and stop interfering with a very important every day activity.

Do you struggle with any of the following?

  • Difficulty/inability to urinate in public restroom
  • Constant worry about noises, smells, or presence of others in restroom
  • Fear of not being able to urinate in “appropriate” amount of time
  • Anxiety about other people watching, listening, or observing you while urinating

You have already taken an important first step in your recovery by navigating to this website. The next step is to commit to overcoming your anxiety and start living the life you deserve, free from paruresis. Treatment may sound scary at first, but proper therapy always goes at a pace that you are comfortable with and agree to. As with any form of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, it will require practice on your part, but the more you practice, the easier it will get. If you want to stop shy bladder syndrome from taking over your life, then contact Dr. Shanley today for a free consultation.