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

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm 61 and I've suffered from Paruresis most of my life. For me, and milions of others who suffer from this social phobia, the IPA is the best source of information about the condition and how to cope with it. I've attended an IPA workshop and read some literature from the IPA store, including Dr. Soifer's book, Shy Bladder Syndrome. The workshop experience was extremely helpful. It showed me that I could make progress with my problem, and has given me confidence to face social situations where having a shy bladder could be uncomfortable and embarassing. I shared my notes from the workshop with my urologist and my psychiatrist, and they both appreciated the information. My urologist said, "You're educating me about this condition." With continued desentization exercises, I expect to make much more progress. IPA has given me the tools.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Very Well

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm one of millions of people who suffer from Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome. Like most sufferers, I've spent most of my life keeping my problem a secret, too embarassed to tell anyone that often have difficulty urinating in a public restroom or whenever other people are present. Thanks to International Paruresis Association, I've learned about gradual desensitization exercise which are helping me to ameliorate my symptoms. I appreciate the knowledge and emotional support of this organization. Even doctors often lack information about Shy Bladder Syndrome. In fact, my urologist has thanked me for sharing with him the information I've received from IPA publications and workshops.

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

I practice the desensitization techniques several times weekly and this has given me confidence to go places and be with other people.

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

IPA is doing a great job but is stuggling financially. Better funding would help it to reach more people and fulfill its mission.

Role:  Client Served & I've read from three books provided by IPA, listened to tapes and attended a three-day IPA workshop.