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7% of men suffer from paruresis, an anxiety disorder that means you can’t pee if other people are in close proximity.

SHY BLADDER SYNDROME (PARURESIS)

Paruresis is a Type of Social Anxiety

For the vast majority of people, tending to bodily functions such as urinating happens without much thought or concern. For about 21 million Americans, roughly 7% of the general population, urination causes great worry and inconvenience. They have developed a condition called paruresis also known as shy bladder syndrome, pee shyness, or bashful bladder. The word “paruresis” is derived from the Latin meaning “abnormal urination.”

Paruresis is a form of social anxiety disorder effecting both men and women. Faced with needing to urinate in public places or in the presence of others, the paruretic experiences significant anxiety over the possibility of being judged by others. Typically, the fear is … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

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