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Success Stories

Vienna Workshop – One Year Later

In the following I will present my personal impressions of a workshop visit and then describe how I coped with my paruresis after the workshop. Possibly it will serve as an “inspiration” for the one or the other person concerned to design a personal “training program”.

Flying High!

Greetings fellow members. The following is an edited and expanded version of a text I had sent to two board members upon my return from a trip abroad. Given the length of the flight, weeks prior to my journey I was feeling apprehensive.

Flight 282

You have to understand, I am not afraid of flying in an airplane. As a kid, I loved the movement and motion of flying. But for the past fifty-five years, I haven’t flown very often at all. This all started because of an incident that happened at the end of the summer of 1968. 

Three Success Stories

There are a great many things about the support work that I do on behalf of the IPA that provide me with personal satisfaction, but there is something truly special about supporting another guy during his first public graduated exposure experience. It brings great joy because I know that it can set him on a path which could lead to recovery,

My Recovery Story – Dave Kliss

[Dave Kliss is a Board Member and the longtime Support Coordinator for the IPA.] My name is Dave, I am 65 years old, I am married with two grown children and 4 grandchildren, and I am a retired teacher. I developed Paruresis when I was 5 years old as the result of severe bullying in the bathrooms in elementary school, and like most guys with this condition,

What a Relief!

remember very well the first time I found myself unable to urinate in a public bathroom. My family were city-dwellers but we had country relatives so long car trips were a regular feature of my childhood. Pit-stops at McDonalds to have lunch and to relieve bladders were an invariable part of these journeys and it was during just such a stop that.

Brandon’s Story

First off, I wanted to thank Steve for helping me to take the first steps in my recovery to overcome Paruresis. I also wanted to thank everyone at IPA and all of you who posted your stories and support on the forums. If it wasn’t for all of you I would have never built up the confidence to face my fear. I decided to write my story in hopes that it might urge others to seek treatment to overcome Paruresis. It’s a long detailed story of my life living with Paruresis from day one up to my one on one session with Steve at the IPA office in Baltimore.

Matt’s Story: My First Workshop

I’m 34 years old and have had this condition for as long as I can remember. I had a particular situation when I was around 13 that really solidified it… I was at a little party, and a large group of girls (who I thought were super hot at the time, obviously) blatantly made fun of a friend of mine while he was loudly peeing in a quiet, nearby bathroom

My Recovery Story – David 2013

The whole process started for me about 19 years ago. I was 32 years old and I decided that I wanted to get over this shy bladder problem. I had always wanted to get over it, but I had never really gone all out to try and conquer it, mainly because I didn’t know how to do it. I still had no idea how to do it, but I decided to give it a try.

My Successful Road to Recovery

While not yet completed, I am almost free of the entrapment that ruled my life just several years ago. I come back to tell my story because this message board is the is the sole reason behind the strides that I have made, and it is important that we continually share our success stories for one another to build on!!


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This website is NOT a substitute for medical or legal advice and does not constitute the practice of law, medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, or any other mental health profession. If you are having trouble urinating, you should always contact a physician since difficulty with voiding can be a symptom of a serious medical condition. We are a group of professional people and people who have suffered with paruresis. We have assembled a board and a board of advisors to help people cope with urinary dysfunction that has a psychological or social origin. On this website, we are NOT practicing medicine, psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work or any other mental health profession. You should have your doctor evaluate your condition before diagnosing yourself, and seek the appropriate necessary mental health counseling if warranted. IPA, Inc. disclaims any and all legal liability whatsoever.