The website for people who suffer with paruresis (shy bladder, stagefright, etc.)

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Welcome to the official PAA (Paruresis Association of Australia) website. This site is provided as a resource for people who find it difficult or impossible to urinate in the presence of others, either in their own home or in public facilities. Also, for people who have difficulty under the stress of time pressure, when being observed, when others are close by and might hear them, or when traveling on moving vehicles.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. In fact, recent USA studies show that about seven percent (7%) of the public, or approximately 1.3 million Australians, may suffer from this social anxiety disorder. Often referred to as Pee-Shy, Shy-Bladder, Bashful Bladder, etc., avoidant paruresis is nothing to be ashamed of, and you have made an important step simply by coming to this website.

Inside you will find helpful information on support groups, support seminars, and even drug therapy. There is also a useful and friendly discussion board overseas and local (PHPBB3) where you can share your problems and success -- or just "listen in" -- with others who have the same problem as you.

Please enjoy your visit to the PAA website. We hope it will enlighten you and help with overcoming avoident paruresis.

If you have any questions about the PAA, please first visit our parent site, the IPA at (International Paruresis Association). There are Australian email contacts under the Support Group link there.

The Shy Bladder Syndrome : Your Step-By-Step Guide to Overcoming Paruresis - Steven Soifer, Ph.D. et al

New! The definitive book on paruresis by Steven Soifer, Ph. D. - IPA President and other experts in the field. You can purchase the book by clicking the hypertext next to the image.


Site Last Modified: 16 Nov 2016

Copyright 2009 Paruresis Association of Australia.

WARNING AND DISCLAIMER: This website is NOT a substitute for medical advice and does not constitute the practice of medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. . If you are having trouble urinating, you should always contact a physician since difficulty with voiding can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. We are a group of professional people and people who have suffered with paruresis. We have assembled a board and a board of advisors to help people cope with urinary dysfunction that has a psychological or social origin. On this website, we are NOT practicing medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. You should have your doctor evaluate your condition before diagnosing yourself, and seek the appropriate necessary mental health counseling if warranted. PAA, Inc. disclaims any and all legal liability whatsoever.