Sep 13, 2019
Millions of people struggle with a social anxiety disorder called shy bladder syndrome, or bashful bladder syndrome, or paruresis. I am one of them.
This is labeled a bonus episode because there is no guest. As the podcast continues with a greater focus on vulnerability, I felt it was right to share a story from my life that has impacted me greatly.
Having a shy bladder dictated how I approached or avoided social situations for several years. I am not over this still. But I've learned to deal with it, in part by becoming more willing to talk about. For a very long time I told no one. I thought I was the only one. I suffered in silence. I felt tremendous shame and embarrassment. It was a great lesson for me to become more open with my struggles. Perhaps it will do the same for you.
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