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Bashful Bladder?

We've all got to use public restrooms. Nobody likes it, but it's a fact of being human.

Some people find it difficult or impossible to urinate in the presence of others, in public facilities, or even in their own homes. Some people can't pee if there is pressure about time, if other people are present and might hear them, or if others are waiting for them to go, or if traveling in moving vehicles.

I've heard it called bathroom "stage fright," or shy bladder. But it's actually a social anxiety disorder called paruresis.

7% of the public (about 17 million) people suffer from having a bashful bladder. If you can relate to this - find a support group or therapist. They can offer helpful solutions so the next time you go to the bathroom in public you'll be able to go.

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fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 9 years
well at least she was honest about it, instead of blaming you or something! :rotfl:
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I went into the ladies room and my friend was outside on the phone. There were 2 stalls and this other lady was taking a you know what in the other stall. I peed quickly and was washing my hands when my friend came in. She said "ewwww, it STINKS in here." And a sad little voice came from the other stall, the woman said, "Oh sorry, that's me. I had bad Mexican food last night." I'm still laughing just thinking about it. Nothing like a good overshare.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
Wow. Issues is right. I never have a problem in a public toilet. If you gotta go you gotta go!
juliet juliet 9 years
There was something on Oprah just yesterday... Dr. Mehmet Oz was answering questions about "embarrassing questions" (i.e. poop, pee, periods... whatever). Anyway, here's what he said (me paraphrasing): Our bodies are full of bacteria and - and that is what makes us live. We need a certain amount of "pro-biotics" (think: yogurt) to keep our immune system up. Pretty much, there's nothing you can catch from a toilet seat. Our skin has bacteria and germs crawling all over it all the time (not to be gross, but it's true), and our bodies are designed to fight off these germs. I think it just creeps people out because the skin that your putting on a toilet seat is well, sort of "private". But you're not going to get sick from it, people! It's more likely you'll get sick from shaking someone's hand... wash your hands regularly (but not obsessively) and you'll be fine. Our culture is crazy! We all need to chill about the germs! They're natural! ; )
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 9 years
that's because I definitely have some when it comes to peeing. But it's not like I CAN'T go, it just really annoys me.:d So what do you think, am I ready for self-aid groups?:p
Pinkperfectpixie Pinkperfectpixie 9 years
I am sensing some issues...
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 9 years
For me, it's about the germs but also just the fact that others can here me! That's really embarrassing! And even if urine would be 'clean', I still don't like sitting on top of someone else's :sick:
katie225 katie225 9 years
i saw a penn and teller's B.S. episode where they swabbed a toilet seat and various places on people's bodies (e.g., lips, hands, bum, etc.). what they found was that there are HARDLY any germs on a toilet seat, HARDLY any germs on people's butts, and TONS of germs on people's hands. and no, you can't get any diseases from a toilet seat. therefore, toilet seat covers are obsolete (but please wipe the seat if you sprinkle when you tinkle!). besides, i heard urine is actually really clean because it's like an acid or something....?? don't quote me on that! just wash your hands a lot, and i think you'll be fine. i'm not afraid to pee in public, i'm just so embarrassed if i toot on accident!!! that's sooo embarrassing when it's really quiet, and there's another person there!
LaLaLola LaLaLola 9 years
It depends for me, if they've got those little seat covers and the fixtures look polished and nice then I won't feel as icky, but the ones are school are nasty, they smell bad, the ground is dirty and ugh it's just so gross.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I'm with JessNess. I don't have any problems actually GOING, but I HATE HATE HATE public restrooms. We have really nice restrooms at my office and I don't even like those. :SICK:
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I HATE public restrooms. When I was younger I use to hold it all day until I got home just so I wouldnt have to go at school. I dotn have stage fright I have a fear of picking up some nasty germ. The worst is when you have to go number 2 and you are not at home
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