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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The International Paruresis Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cure Paruresis (shy bladder) and improve the lives of all people affected.

Target demographics: Anyone and everyone suffering from paruresis.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Shy Bladder Center, Worldwide IPA Support Groups, and Prisoners with Paruresis

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have two Masters Degrees and am successful in life. Great wife, job, kids. . . I have it all. I however have been controlled by one specific anxiety my whole life. This group helps and is doing very important work with very meaningful consequences for millions of people like me. In my situation, drug testing, which is required, is my worse nightmare even though I have never done any drugs in my life. anyway, this is a great nonprofit.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people! They really helped me to help my son (he has shy bladder) who is in prison. So thankful that my son can use a "dry cell" for his scheduled drug testing. Thank you IPA!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a long term member of this fabulous organization. My ability to go places and to do things is vastly expanded due to my work with IPA.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

IPA helps people recover from paruresis. Paruresis (also known as "shy bladder" or "bashful bladder") is a social phobia which makes it difficult or impossible for the sufferer to urinate in the proximity of other people, such as in a public restroom.

Paruresis may extend to private places away from the sufferer's home, such as the home of a friend. This phobia makes it almost impossible for those suffering from it to enjoy the social activities of daily living that non sufferers, most people, take for granted, such as enjoying an evening at a concert, bar or restaurant with friends and family.

Currently, I am 65 years old, educated and moderately successful by most standards. I had gradually become nearly disabled socially from paruresis, beginning in my late twenties. In 2006, I discovered IPA by happenstance. Subsequently I enrolled in my first IPA workshop which was programmed to help sufferers of paruresis to recover: that is, to help them to learn to urinate in the proximity of others, in public restrooms and in other "difficult" situations, such as in the bathroom of an airplane.

The results of the workshop were almost immediate: I was able to go in a public restroom! It was not easy, but I could go. Through continued practice and workshop participation, I have recovered from paruresis to an extent that I never believed would be possible. It is not perfect. I still cannot urinate as I imagine a non sufferer does, but i am no longer a hostage to paruresis.

Urinating in an airplane bathroom was perhaps the most "phobic" situation for me. Since working intensively with IPA, I have travelled extensively. I was able to use the bathroom on the airplane to China and Africa. I have travelled to Central and South America and Europe as well.

I cannot say too many positive things about IPA, the program, the workshops and the people. It has helped me to live a better, happier, more productive life by helping me to recover from the social phobia of paruresis.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've suffered with Shy Bladder since my early teens. Ten years ago, when I was in my early 50s, I discovered the IPA and finally found a group of people who understood me. I had never told a soul before joining and what an experience to attend my first workshop and listen to others tell their stories! I immediately identified with these people and found that I could talk for hours about something I had never discussed in my life. Through the IPA, I learned about ways to deal with this thing that had controlled me my whole adult life. Now, I don't let it control my life and I can confidently deal with any situation. I decided to join the board as a way to help support the organization and help others along the way. None of this would have been possible without the support of this organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The modern look user friendly website is now online! We just finished a really great 20th anniversary convention/workshop in Las Vegas. Thanks again to the IPA for another great year of helping people with shy bladder.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The IPA has had an extremely beneficial impact on my life and the lives of many others. The physical and mental anguish associated with paruresis or shy bladder can be a major quality of life problem for individuals with this condition. The IPA offers support for dealing with shy bladder through website posting board, workshops, publications, and local support groups. Thank you IPA for the great work you are providing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Have known about IPA since 1998. I is certainly the most fiscally responsible non-profit I have ever observed. If you want your donation dollars to yield greatly, this is an organization to give to. IPA is tireless in its advocacy, and its Board continually generates creative projects. Bravo IPA!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the IPA for 15 years and they have been great years for me--years in which I have been in a constant state of improvement and recovery from avoidant paruresis. My association with the IPA has quite literally given me areas of my life back--I can travel more comfortably, and my day-to-day stress levels are markedly less than they were before I discovered the IPA. I happily support the IPA as they have supported me all these years!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is frequently the first-line resource available to individuals suffering from avoidant paruresis. It provides a free webboard for the public to share their stories about suffering with, and recovering from, this frequently debilitating and shame-inducing symptom. The organization also operates workshops to aid recovery efforts at many cities throughout the USA--and recently in a few foreign cites as well.
As a psychotherapist who helps to treat this condition, most of my clients have come to me after seeing their condition labelled for the first time ever. Seeing that they are alone in their suffering has a normalizing effect and is an intervention in and of itself.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The IPA has been a great help to me in my recovery and has allowed me to function with lower anxiety around other people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great site and organization it's a go to site full of resources for all people with paruresis.
Tom M

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This group helped me a great deal with shy bladder and advocates on behalf of people with shy bladder in the workplace

Client Served

Rating: 5

I PA gives hope to those of us struggling with shy bladder. It's often a lifelong struggle, and we can use all the support we can get with this humiliating, misunderstood condition.

Don_7

Client Served

Rating: 5

As I said in a previous review a few years ago, the process of getting free from shy bladder is a long one, and IPA has been with me every step of the way. They really understand the problem and have developed an effective workshop-based program for overcoming it. It has been little short of a miracle - still unfolding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a shy bladder for over 50 years, and it was a constant source of worry. My first workshop with IPA and Steve Soifer in Detroit in about 2000 was a revelation; I discovered I was not alone, and that there was a solution to my problem. I have been to many workshops, and many practice sessions with a Toronto group, and the improvement has been amazing - and relieving! Don W