There is a continuum among those who suffer from shy bladder syndrome (paruresis), ranging from mild to severe. Some people may have trouble initiating a stream of urine from time to time; for them this situation is little more than a nuisance or mild inconvenience. On the other extreme, someone with a severe case feels intense anguish about going to the bathrooms when other people are around.
In any case, recovery from shy bladder is possible, The most effective way of treating it has been through the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). For some, this method of treatment has been enhanced by the use of medications and/or breathing, breath holding and relaxation techniques.
The fail-safe solution is to learn to catheterize yourself, which, if instructed properly in its use, is not hard to do.
For further information, please visit the website of the International Paruresis Association, a nonprofit organization, at www.paruresis.org
. Here you will find a tremendous amount of information, including how you can sign up for a recovery workshop.
Female shy bladder sufferers are encouraged to go to www.bathroomsmakemenervous.com
. Free recovery workshops for women will be held in Fall 2010 in 3 cities, Chicago, Baltimore & LA.
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