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Paruresis is a social anxiety disorder which makes the individual physically incapable of passing urine in certain situations.
It is usually about a lack of a certain level of privacy. The individual has no voluntary control over the matter; it is the nervous system that cuts off the ability to urinate.
Also known as 'shy bladder syndrome' paruresis affects many men.
There are probably three types of blokes with paruresis (let us know if you're any different):
There are also workshops which although do not cure can offer a good starting point to overcoming the problem. You can find workshops and discussion boards with guys with the same problem on the UK Paruresis Trust website.
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Date of last review 02/04/14
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