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.
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