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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!!

One Year Since

Just got back from my annual one week family fishing trip in northern Minnesota, parents, sister, brother, brother-in-law, wife, daughter, etc. – 11 of us in 3 cabins. It was one year ago that I decided that I had to do something about my shy bladder. I had problems on the trip last year, nervous about where to stop while we traveled up to the lake, problems

Successful Recovery

When I first started web based discussion of paruresis, RECOVERY was unheard of. Now, we daily hear from posters who have made great progress and consider themselves in recovery or recovered. I hope this fact will give hope and encouragement to the many new posters who come here to express their frustration, depression, anxiety, hopelessness.

Cured Just By Knowing IPA EXISTS

A couple of weeks ago (Nov 16) I was browsing and thought to plug in “urine problems” and see what happens. Lo and behold I found paruresis. I really had no idea it was so widespread and no idea it was so well documented. I’ve been aware I’ve had this problem since I was 15 and am now 33. To cut a really long story short,

A Cure Story from Don in CA

This is a true account of one man’s CURE–once final and forever! (no bull!) from being pee-shy and paruretic. I was about 13 when a bully that was taunting me socked me in the arm while at a urinal in junior high school–telling me to hurry up! That was it—the beginning of the avoidance and anxiety that became my paruresis phobia. It bothered me throughout junior high and high school.

Am I Cured? (Success)

On Wed May 15 bbsinva wanted “to hear someone finally become CURED, if there is such a thing”. On this Board we usually talk about recovery rather than cure. But I think one or two posters have claimed to be cured, and I now want to add myself. I have posted my story before – developed moderate AP at the age of 16, and began to confront it in my mid-30’s. I am now 63.

Real Men Have AP, Too

I am in the US Army-the toughest, most competent fighting force this Earth has ever seen. I live in a world of tough guys, real men (and women) who can do anything and win all the time…. right. I am 6’1″, 200lbs of lean muscle, I am a helicopter pilot, and I was educated at the world’s greatest military academy, West Point


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