Shy Bladder Syndrome

Its estimated that about seven percent of the population suffers from Shy Bladder Syndrome (Paruresis) . This seemingly trivial inability to urinate when anyone might see or hear you can have a significant impact on quality of life and the longer it goes on, the more anxious people become and the more hyper reactive they become to any lack of privacy. Aside from the inconvenience, this can lead to some degree of social isolation as sufferers give up events for fear of not being able to go.

Fortunately there is a ridiculously simple fix: Start with an environment where you know you will have some difficulty, but still have significant privacy. Get ready to go, but ignore the fact you have to urinate. Instead, focus on doing addition or multiplication problems in your head. These must be difficult enough that you really need to concentrate e.g. 16 X 16. I t doesnt matter whether you get the correct answer. The effort is the trick. While intensely concentrating on something else, your mind forgets to be bashful and lo and behold, you re urinating. Each success breeds further confidence in the technique and soon you ll find yourself happily doing math in your head and peeing any place you like.

Yours in good health.

David Gilbert
EcoSys Wellness Center

The above is not intended as medical advice. As always, consult with your physician before making changes.