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)

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

  1. aquaspfe

    I tell my wife “I cannot do that when enemies are nearby.”

  2. Vast_Heat

    I can’t pee in State Farm Stadium, doesn’t even matter how empty the bathroom is.

    I go from “almost pissing myself” to “can’t squeeze out a drop if my life depended on it” on the walk from my seat to the bathroom … every time.

  3. LtDannyboi

    I have it the other way around, i pee a little, out of anxiety, everytime someone comes near me

  4. Riccc2020

    BRO, I KNEW IT WAS SOMETHING!! I can be at a bar drunk and have to pee bad but if there’s other dudes around I can’t. I’m not intimidated. I literally just can’t.

  5. AudioInstinct77

    ive always called it stage pee. didnt know there was an actual name for it

  6. mandalore237

    Best thing about quarantine, haven’t used a public restroom all year

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