Press Stories


The ugly — and, yes, slightly gross — truth of stadium bathrooms
Dave Fleming – ESPN The Magazine – February 1, 2019

The Psychology Behind Bathroom Habits
Megan Ray Nichols – The Naked Scientists – January 14, 2019


Have a shy bladder? You might be suffering from an anxiety disorder!
The Times of India – December 4, 2018

Public Bathrooms Are Terrible. What Will It Take To Fix Them?
Mark Hay – – October 09, 2018

Uh, How Can I Make Myself Pee?
Korin Miller – – August 9, 2018

How People Deal with Having Shy Bladder Syndrome
Mark Hay – – May 31 2018

The Social Phobia that Stops People Going to the Toilet
TME News – The Germany Eye – April 11, 2018

Paruresis: this is the disorder that prevents you from urinating in public toilets
Diego Bermejo – – February 18, 2018

How to Deal with a Shy Bladder That Makes Peeing Way Too Hard
Korin Miller – – February 8, 2018


The Scientific Reason Behind Why Some People Have a Shy Bladder
Morgan Cutolo ~ Reader’s Digest ~ December 7, 2017

Why Some People are Unable to Urinate in Public Toilets ~ Interview with Dr. Soifer
Fanny Arlandis and Benoit Le Corre – LeMonde – November 19, 2017

Shy Bladder-The Phobia Your Friend Is Hiding From You
Mark Cunning – – June 6, 2017

Pee Dammit! Or You Don’t Get The Job!
Richard Cohen – – March 2, 2017


Do you have a shy bladder like Hoda?; Try running the tap!
Today Show on CBS – September 8, 2017

Paruresis: The Phobia That Makes Peeing In Public Impossible
Stuart Marsh – – August 23, 2016

Development and Validation of the Shy Bladder and Bowel Scale
Simon R. Knowles & Jason Skues – CBT Journal/Taylor & Francis – May 23, 2016

Infrequently Asked Questions: What causes shy bladder syndrome?
Brandon Baker – Philly Voice – May 18, 2017

Obama Transgender Bathroom Law-An Easy Way To Comply
Guest Writer – Value Walk – May 13, 2017


Peeing in a Public Restroom Is Pretty Much My Worst Nightmare
Mark Williams – Good Housekeeping – October 29, 2015

An Elegy for Rob Lowe’s Direct TV Commercials
Adam Chandler – The Atlantic – April 9, 2015

DirecTV Told to Pull Rob Lowe Ads After Comcast Complaint
Reuters – Fox Business – April 8, 2015

DirecTV ends ad campaign with Rob Lowe
Stephen Battaglio – Los Angeles Time – April 7, 2015


Shy Bladder Group Smartly Raises Public Awareness with DirecTV Protest
Nancy Rump – Rant Lifestyle – November 4, 2014

Have You a Shy Bladder?
Sean Moncrieff – News Talk (podcast) – April 24, 2014

The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms
Julie Beck – The Atlantic – April 16, 2014


Shy Bladder Lawsuit
Weird News – Huffington Post – October 7, 2013

Shy Bladder – Cartoon
Wes Molebash – September 30, 2013

Afraid to Pee in Public
Chris Weller – – September 25, 2013

No Urine, No Job!
Richard B. Cohen, Fox Rothschild – September 13, 2013

Shy Bladder Syndrome Leads to Lawsuit
Jeff Eckhoff – The Des Moines Register – April 26, 2013


The Grassroots Movement to Change the Nation’s Public Restroom Laws
U.S. News & World Report – Simon Owens – December 20, 2012

Bladder Business
The Daily Helmsman – Erica Hartsfield – October 12, 2012

The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts
Chicago Tribune – Dr. Michael Craig Miller – September 12, 2012

A Wee Issue
The Sydney Morning Herald:Good Weekend – Joel Meares – July 14, 2012

Hypnosis Alleviates the Fear of Public Restrooms
Shaul Navon – Haaretz – June 10, 2012


Red Flags Raised Over Internet-Based Anxiety “Expert”
American Psychological Association/WGN-TV News – Mark Suppelsa and Marsha Bartel

MDOT Worker with ‘Shy Bladder’ Wins Battle
Lansing State Journal – John Schneider – July 26, 2011

Too shy to go? Bathroom stage fright a real condition
The Body Odd on – Cari Nierenberg – July 6, 2011


Many Suffer From Shy Bladder Anxiety
Chicago Tribune – Robin Erb – July 7, 2010

Many Suffer From Shy Bladder Anxiety
Detroit Free Press – Robin Erb – May 6, 2010

Boeing Won’t Scrap Toilets for Seats on Ryanair Planes -April 14, 2010

Paying to Pee: Have the Airlines Gone to Far? Mayerowitz-April 13, 2010

Potty Policy Has Air Travelers Holding It In Deconinck-April 9, 2010

Paruresis, si Penakut Toilet Umum – Paruresis, The Timid Public Toilet
Detik Health-Vera Farah Bararah-March 25, 2010-Original in Indonesian

Whizzer a Loser in Court
New York Post-Bruce Golding-March 20, 2010

Russians to Get Help With Bathroom “Stage Fright” Wolf-March 16, 2010

Tales of a Bashful Bladder
Impact Magazine-Stephen Lovejoy-March 11, 2010


Business Life: Toilet etiquette, a minefield in the workplace
The Times- Sathnam Sanghera-June 1, 2009

Brave, Stupid and Curious: Dangerous Psychology Experiments from the Past
Scientific American- Jesse Bering-January 13, 2009

Bladdivan-Parody Commercial
Huffington Post-Saturday Night Live-September 27, 2009

Bladdivan-Parody Commercial
Saturday Night Live-September 28, 2009

NBC-Saturday Night Live-Bladdivan Sketch
Jason Sudeikis-September 9, 2009


Expanding Drug Test Is for Cheats, Shy Bladders Skrzycki-October 28, 2008

Episode 69: Personal Space Invasions – Ethical Implications of one of Psychology’s Strangest Studies
The Psych Files-Pod Cast-September 1, 2008

A Life-Inhibiting Problem
Manchester Evening News-Rachael Clegg-February 4, 2008


Manhattan Federal jury awards fired bladder-shy guy 225G
New York Daily News-Thomas Zambito-October 5, 2007

Much more than a belly laugh
Herald Sun-Bettina Arndt-September 13, 2007

Fight Your Fears – Be Free From Phobia
Hblmedia- Deepika Bharadwa-August 14, 2007

Fired City Worker is Out of Leak
New York Post-Dareh Gregorian-July 25, 2007

Bladder-shy guy loses job
New York Daily News-Jose Martinez-July 25, 2007

Rapid result drug tests approved
Early County News June 13, 2007

Lass es laufen! – Let it run!
Spiegel Online Sports-Trede Broder-Jurden-June 3, 2007

Episode 16: Personal Space Invasion: What Happens When Someone Invades Your Personal Space?
The Psych Files-Pod Cast-May 22, 2007

Looks easy enough… but not for everyone
Brisbane Times-John Gascoigne-April 18, 2007

Das Tabu-Thema Paruresis – Paruresis:The Taboo Topic Article-April 11, 2007


Inability to urinate costs some jobs
St. Louis Post-Dispatch-Deborah L Shelton-July 24, 2006

If you gotta but can’t, sometimes it’s costly
The Kansas City Star-Joe Lambe-April 24, 2006


Can you Pee in Public? Holmes-December 16, 2005
(Contains some incorrect information.)

Millions’ cannot pee in public
BBC News-November 26, 2005

Shy Bladder Syndrome: A Social Phobia Or Functional Disorder Of Micturition? 29, 2005

Steven Soifer
Baltimore City Paper-Edward Ericson, Jr.-January 19, 2005



World Toilet Summit: A Flush of Excitement Wolf-November 16, 2004

What’s the alternative?
Times Online-Susan Clark-October 17, 2004

La peur des toilettes publiques – The fear of public toilets
Journal de Montréal- Andrey Tremblay-August 23, 2004

A shy bladder can be a job liability Murphy/Court TV-July 5, 2004

Lawsuit claims Ga. worker fired because he couldn’t urinate on demand
Associated Press/The Augusta Chronicle-John Niesse-May 21, 2004

Drug test clashes with I-can’t-go
The Enquirer-Adam Geller/The Associated Press-February 10, 2004


Workshop has No. 1 priority
Susan Snyder-Las Vegas Sun-October 17, 2003

Helping unlock the bathroom ‘stall’
The Boston Globe-Kathleen Nelson-July 28, 2003

Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome
The Health Report-Norman Swan-March 24, 2003

Don’t look now … you may have a bashful bladder
The Sydney Morning Herald-Jonathan Pearlman-March 6, 2003

Looking for Relief
The Wall Street Journal-Peter Landers-April 22, 2003


Will Congress Fund School Drug Tests?
The Federal Observer-July 26, 2002-Hans S. Nichols and Scott Hagen

Out of the water closet: guilty secret of toilet terror revealed
Scotland on Sunday-Orla Heron-May 26, 2002

Choking at the Bowl Curtis-May 13, 2002

For Some, Drug Tests Are Almost Impossible
The New York Times-Sana Siwolop-April 14, 2002


Wistful Whizzers
River Front Times-Jeannette Batz-September 20, 2000

Bashful bladder hangs up nature’s call Morgan and Medical Advisor: Stephen A. Shoop, M.D.-June 14, 2000


Bashful Bladders Roach-May 21,1999


Public Peeing Problems Put Right 1, 1998


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