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Breaking the silence: Understanding shy bladder syndrome and how to overcome it. We have a wide selection of incontinence pads that you can use to help you manage this syndrome.
Shy bladder syndrome is a condition where someone is unable to, or afraid to, urinate in the presence of other people, whether they are actually there or maybe just conscious that people could be there. Consequently, the person experiences serious anxiety when using public toilets. It may also be called paruresis, bashful bladder, or pee shy, although the medical description is Psychogenic Urinary Retention.
Officially, shy bladder syndrome is recognised as a social anxiety disorder instead of a social phobia, and it can affect men and women of any age and background. As a result of shy bladder syndrome, people may withdraw into themselves, avoiding travelling, socialising, and sometimes even working. Fortunately, shy bladder syndrome is highly treatable.
Symptoms of shy bladder syndrome can range from mild to severe. However, they usually get worse over time. Some of the most common symptoms of shy bladder syndrome are:
Those with shy bladder syndrome may also change their behavior and social habits to avoid having to use public toilets or even urinating at all. Some behavior changes of shy bladder syndrome / paruresis include:
As well as social problems and work troubles, paruresis can also lead to other health issues. Some of the side effects and complications of untreated shy bladder syndrome include:
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