International Paruresis Association, Inc.

Rating: 4.79 stars   96 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health

Location: P.O. Box 21237 Catonsville MD 21228 USA

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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This organization provides more bang for the buck than many others I know. With the equivalent of only one full-time staff person, it provides workshops around the world for those who suffer from paruresis (about 7% of the world's population, perhaps). Constantly reviewing and improving treatment options, the organization provideds a vital function for those who have no other place to go.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By recovering to a large degree from my own paruresis.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Dr Soifer and his dedicated group of professionals, people with paruresis and theirsupporters have spearheaded an amazing international effort, selflessly building the organization with countless unpaid hours of work. In a few short years they have reached many thousands of people who had previously suffered alone and in shame from a treatable and surprisingly common ailment. They have had drug enforcement laws changed, advocated for bathroom re-design, supported efforts at improving biological and psychological treatments and worked non-stop at getting the word out into the general public. They have provided direct care to patients around the world. ALl this has been done on a shoestring , with virtually no paid staff, no money and a lot of volunteer help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

listening to lives changed by informtion and treatment

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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