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What causes shy bladder?

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It isn’t a problem with your urinary system. Rather, it’s nervousness about peeing when you’re around other people. It’s considered a social anxiety disorder. Anxiety fills a part of your nervous system with adrenaline, and the muscles that let you empty your bladder just freeze up.

Maybe it started when your parents criticized you during potty training, or in school when someone bullied you or made fun of you in the restroom. Or it could have happened at the doctor’s office, when you couldn’t pee on cue for a urine sample. At worst, it could relate to sexual abuse that happened in a restroom.

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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