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International Paruresis Association, Inc.

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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

173 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have suffered with this condition for 41 years. It has severely affected me and in many ways defined who I am. I learned of IPA perhaps 12 years ago and was too afraid to take action. Last month I finally decided to attend a workshop and I can't even believe what happened. By meeting and connecting with others with this same condition in an environment with an outstanding leader, in one weekend my life has changed dramatically. I would consider myself 80 percent recovered and I know what to do to work on the remaining 20 percent. For anyone even considering attending, take the plunge. You won't regret it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Ten years ago I attended an IPA workshop, and my life changed. I not only started down the path toward overcoming a condition that I had kept hidden most of my life, I learned how to put this condition in perspective and accept (and respect) myself for who I really am. I now proudly serve on the Board of Directors and hope to help guide others toward that same path.

1 Raul O M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that's helped me a lot with working with my paruresis.

1 rice0292

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA was very helpful to me in my recovery. They gave me support, the information I needed and their workshops gave me successes that I needed to start my recovery. Thank you. Brad K.

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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.

1 Dan R.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first found the IPA online in 2001. I was struggling and felt alone in my struggle with paruresis. The IPA workshop was such an eye opening gift to me. It showed a path out of the darkness, and towards recovery. I have been gratefully involved with the IPA ever since!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was in prison. He could not urinate in front of the guard for the drug test. Not urinating meant he was guilty of using drugs. He was confined to solitary. Thanks to IPA’s help, the prison used an alternative method for testing drug use. My son was released from solitary confinement after five months. I’ve read stories where some inmates were confined to solitary for years and even decades for not being able to urinate in front of someone. To mean, that is cruel and unusual punishment and should not be tolerated.

David S.15

Donor

Rating: 5

The IPA has given me the direction to recover from paruresis. They also advocate for different ways to drug test for employees.

1 Michael A.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I thought there was something special and wrong about me for 50 years until I found the IPA and the wonderful people who started it and understood how my life has been a private self berating struggle with shame and desperation. They showed me many suffered like I have and empathized with me . I am grateful for the oranization and count myself lucky to have found their support and advocacy for all who have this condition

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA is great organization. I have experienced and witnessed the good work of the IPA through its website, workshops and counselors. They truly help people get there life back. Paruesis is a silent phobia and most sufferer's never get help. The IPA is spreading the message that help and recovery are available. Through the website and workshops people's lives are being changed for the better every day.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Until I found IPA I thought I was alone and hopeless. With IPA, I feel part of a community of support, and I believe in the possibility of overcoming my phobia. I just finished reading some chats on-line. The insights, friendship, and encouragement that others share mean so much. Dr. Soifer's Ted Talk was inspirational. It took courage. It was honest. It showed the universality of bathroom issues even beyond paruresis. IPA is a great nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a Paruresis problem for 36 years. I attended my first IPA workshop at age 49 and had immediate success. By attending 3 more workshops and volunteering to lead a support group, I no longer suffer from the psychological effects of this condition. The IPA has changed my life and I am truly thankful for the support they offer.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks again IPA for another successful year in helping others overcome this condition.

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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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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been instrumental in bringing a social and mental health issue that has been so hidden out into the open and given those of us that suffer from it an outlet to process our experience and to begin to heal and obtain the hope of leading a normal life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA provided the much needed support I needed in a difficult time in my life. Without them my recovery would not have come so far. Dr. Soifer, who leads the IPA, personally made sure I go the help I needed, and I can't thank him enough. I now regularly participate in a IPA support group which is a very valuable component of my recovery.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Learned about this organization about 10 years ago on an internet search. Found members to be extremely helpful and caring. Glad I found them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The IPA champions people like me who live with pee-shyness or paruresis. My particular symptoms show up in airplane bathrooms where I just cannot relieve myself. Through the IPA I have been able to learn to manage this social phobia and pee in almost any public bathroom or airplane bathroom. Steven Weinraub, Santa Monica, CA

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA has truly changed my life. Being a paruretic is quite the ordeal and I'm glad that the IPA is there with their support groups, workshops, and numerous materials that have been helpful in my recovery of shy bladder. Their website https://paruresis.org/ is full of many other resources to help other paruretics.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No other non-profit organization supports this condition. It remains the best support for anyone anywhere to get help regardless of ability to pay. The organization makes very good use of its resources to help as many people as need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found IPA over 15 years ago, I finally realized I was not the only person with a shy bladder and whose life was affected by it to a great extent. I did not realize recovery was possible. I attended a workshop and from that point on have been treating this condition as a social anxiety and working on my recovery. The IPA, with its message board and workshops that offer support and help, have been my lifeline.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If it were not for the IPA, I would not be where I am today. The help and support that I have received from the workshops they offer and the wonderful support of the people on the message board, have helped me to partially recover from paruresis. When I found this website for IPA, I thought it was too good to be true. Other people have shy bladder too? I thought it was just me! When I finally got up the nerve to sign up for a workshop, that is when things started to change. When I left that workshop, on the long drive home, I stopped at a large rest area for the first time in my 44 years. Why the first time? Because before I knew I couldn't "succeed" in one, so why stop? This time I had a little bit of hope. Low and behold I was able to "leg go" for the first time ever in a public rest room with others present. This opened up new hopes for me. Travelling had always been very difficult. Now I have less fear and more freedom to do the things I want to do. IPA is a wonderful organization, one of a kind. I'm so glad I found it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA is one of the best in serving people with shy bladder. From workshops to support groups the IPA has been incredibly helpful for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Paruresis Association has literally changed my life. I spent decades trying to understand this social phobia, knowing that it was irrational and still being unable to overcome it, until I found the IPA and was able to start the process of overcoming it. The IPA has a network of caring volunteers who provide information and guidance in how to overcome and recover from Paruresis, and their statement that "you are not alone" is from the heart.