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How can shy bladder be treated?

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The most common treatment is a form of cognitive behavior therapy known as graduated exposure. You’ll be slowly re-introduced to the fearful situation. That helps lower your brain’s anxiety response.

Other options include hypnotherapy and self-catheterization, after a urologist or other medical professional teaches you what to do.

Trying more than one method boosts your odds of getting better.

From: What Is a Shy Bladder? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome: An Unknown Urologic Malady?”

International Paruresis Association: “About Avoidant Paruresis,” “Paruresis Fact Sheet,” “A Few Notes on Paruresis,” “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Vythilingum, B. , 2002. Depression and Anxiety

Urology Care Foundation: “Paruresis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Medscape: “Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome: An Unknown Urologic Malady?”

International Paruresis Association: “About Avoidant Paruresis,” “Paruresis Fact Sheet,” “A Few Notes on Paruresis,” “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Vythilingum, B. , 2002. Depression and Anxiety

Urology Care Foundation: “Paruresis.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 21, 2018

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