New Year Resolutions - for people suffering with Paruresis (from IPA site)
1. Drink plenty of water,
2. Use restrooms several times a day, (ie. don't avoid going when you need to)
3. Avoid overindulging in legal or illegal drugs.
Besides the health benefits,
4. Repeated restroom use is a part of a graduated exposure therapy program which will help greatly with recovery.
5. From a practical standpoint, using restrooms several times a day may seem daunting if you experience great fear while in them. It will be important to do the process gradually and choose restroom situations that provoke the least anxiety possible at the start of the process.
Guidance from a competent therapist is often needed to begin this process. You can find out more about the process of graduated exposure by reading Steve Soifer’s book "Shy Bladder Syndrome: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Paruresis."
Extract from FAQ > http://www.paruresis.org/faq_page_21.html
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