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.
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!
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!
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.
This is the ONLY non-profit in the world to help those with shy bladder.
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.
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.