Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Do you, or any of your friends, have "bathroom stage fright"? That is, when it comes to public restrooms, it's a no-go? Turns out, this is a real condition, affecting over 20 million Americans.
Known as paruresis (a fear of urinating when other people are nearby), the condition stems from a fear of judgment. With men, its a specific fear of judgment about their masculinity.
People who suffer from this anxiety based condition have been known to "hold it" for upwards of 14 hours, or intake very little fluid, in order to control the situation.
Thankfully, 80-90% of sufferers can get better through cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Medical professionals are attempting to raise awareness for those suffering.
Have you ever heard of this disorder? Does anyone you know suffers from it?