The problem of urination phobia is commonly referred to as ‘avoidant paruresis’, ‘shy bladder’ or ‘bashful bladder’. Most people, especially males feel shy to talk about this problem.
The problem of this type of phobia is more discernable in men because the physiological urination process in men is more complicated with higher chances of several absurdities.
Causes and nature of urination phobia
When broadly analyzed, the problem of ‘avoidant paruresis’ is typically considered as a type of social phobia or social anxiety.
Apart from having multiple psychological and social inferences, such a problematic condition can greatly affect the life of an individual from both personal and professional point of view.
It may also lead to an increased risk of urinary tract infection.
The first implication of urination phobia is indeed psychological, which begins with the person feeling shy to urinate in public places. However, if you are a victim of this phobic condition you will always have the impression that others are watching you and thus you would never be able to accomplish your task comfortably.
Though at the first instance the problem seems psychological but the inability to urinate is indeed a physiological failure.
Symptoms of urophobia
Urination phobia also known as urophobia unfortunately deteriorates your quality of existence. It may lead to panic attacks and aloof you from your compeers and business associates.
Some of the common symptoms of urophobia include:
- A frightful sensation
- Infrequent and rapid breathing
- A feeling of sickness and vomiting tendency
- Fret and perspiration
- Lopsided heartbeat
Treatment of the condition
Like other social phobia, urophobia can be successfully treated with the help of apposite behavioral therapy referred to as exposure therapy. Such a therapy will help you to urinate normally in exposed situations without feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
In some cases several antidepressants and anxiety medicines can also come to rescue. However, in regard to this matter you have to ask for more information from expert psychologists.
It is true that there is a variety of potent drugs for urination phobia but they are always accompanied by high chances of side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Once you are addicted to these drugs, it becomes extremely difficult for you to stop their intake when required.
Moreover, drugs can never cure phobic conditions. They can at best suppress the condition temporarily.
Role of NLP in treating urination phobia
Neuro Linguistic Programming is a separation or detachment of cognitive behavioral therapy. NLP is concerned about three different aspects of your life – what you think, how you think and how do you feel.
Most general therapies deal with your conscious mind whereas NLP deals with the reactions from your subconscious psychological level.