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Review for International Paruresis Association, Inc., Catonsville, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with IPA for about ten years now, and it is truly a life-changing organization. I joined mainly because I wanted to travel but my fear kept me from doing so. I now have a passport and am a frequent traveler.

I've attended two IPA workshops for shy bladder treatment. They are unlike anything any doctor, therapist, or psychiatrist has ever done for me. It is really amazing to be in a room full of people who know the same shame you experience. The knowledge provided at these workshops and on IPA's website is diverse- people explore the many psychological and medical methods for how they are able to move beyond this painful condition, but the actual practice that occurs at the workshops really is powerful and would be difficult to recreate at any doctor's office.

IPAs objectives are equally diverse- not only helping people recover from shy bladder, but working to change drug-testing laws to accommodate paruretics; and working to influence public restroom access and design to accommodate paruretics. There is just so much to be accomplished by this organization, and it's the only one like it out there!

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

all the time- at work, while traveling, shopping, in other people's homes. I try to remind myself everyday, when I'm able to urinate somewhere where I previously could not, how great it is to recover from something so debilitating.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding and awareness. IPA is a small organization with a small budget, but it needs to be on the radar of every urologist in the country .

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Role:  Board Member & I've been a member for about ten years and a board member for one year.