Shy Bladder

Welcome to the official Shy Bladder Center! The Shy Bladder Center (SBC) is a project of the International Paruresis Association (IPA) established to provide resources for individual treatment and psychosocial educational groups for people suffering from avoidant paruresis or shy bladder syndrome.

You will also find information about SBC workshops and support groups offered across the globe. Attending a workshop is one of the best ways to begin your recovery from this very treatable social anxiety disorder. Ongoing practice with a local support group can also begin or continue your recovery.

If you are looking for a therapist in your area, we recommend considering cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is effective in treating paruresis. The best resources for locating a CBT therapist in your area is to go to either the Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s website ( or the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies website (

If you have any questions about the SBC, please call, write or send an email to


Our organization is the leading international resource for people who find it difficult or impossible to urinate in the presence of others, either in their own home or in public facilities, for people who have difficulty under the stress of time pressure, when being observed, when others are close by or when traveling on moving vehicles.


Recent studies show that about seven percent of the public suffer from some form of this social anxiety disorder called  Avoidant Paruresis.  Often referred to as Pee-Shy, Shy-Bladder, Bashful Bladder, Stage Freight and Bashful Kidneys, avoidant paruresis is a treatable condition and you have made an important first step in your recovery simply by coming to this website.