Shy bladder syndrome is also known as paruresis. Shy bladder syndrome is a social phobia, ranked second to public speaking. Both men and women are affected by the condition, in which they experience a form of anxiety that restricts them from urinating in a public place or in the presence of others.
Symptoms of shy bladder syndrome include:
- Internal negative comments, such as 'I can't do it...'
- Restricting fluid intake so as to reduce the need to urinate
- The fear of other people hearing the urine hit the water in the toilet bowl
- The fear of other people smelling the urine
- The inability to urinate in public toilets or at other people's homes
- The inability to urinate in your own home when there are guests around, and
- The need to be alone when urinating.
For further information about this topic, please contact your doctor or the Paruresis Association of Austalia (PAA):