Can’t do what you need to do in a public toilet? You’re not alone – and there’s help

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Shy bladder, or paruresis, is classified as a form of social anxiety disorder. From shutterstock.com

Kenley Kuoch, Swinburne University of Technology and Simon Robert Knowles, Swinburne University of Technology

 

Most of us don’t give much thought to going to the toilet. We go when we need to go.

But for a small minority of people, the act of urinating or defecating can be a major source of anxiety – especially when public restrooms are the only facilities available.

Paruresis (shy bladder) and parcopresis (shy bowel) are little known mental health conditions, yet they can significantly compromise a person’s [...]

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