Posted by John Martin on October 24, 2002 at 13:49:03:
In Reply to: Re: Shy Bladder and Proper Restroom Design posted by Richard Haut on October 18, 2002 at 11:46:56:
I think that it is all too easy in a thread such as this to forget what the expression "shybladder" actually means. Sufferers of this condition find in, certain circumstances, that they physically cannot urinate, no matter how hard they try and no matter how much they need to.
The circumstances that trigger this is the presence of other people. This varies in severity. Some cannot use urinals in the presence of others, but have no difficulty in a cubicle. Others cannot use cubicles if they are aware of the presence of others in the surrounding area of the restroom. And so on.
The condition usually develops during teenage years and gets progressively worse. So, for many, it is comparatively easy to work around at that time. Although the ultimate solution is to cure all sufferers and prevent anyone else from getting it, that is a long way off, and in the mean time, progressively flimsier and less private restroom designs are exacerbating the problem for millions.
Properly catering for this condition in restroom design is very challenging indeed.
More information about the condition at www.paruresis.org in USA, links to sites in other countries from there.
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