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Virtual Support Group

While meeting with other sufferers in person through a local support group is ideal, we’ve found that a virtual group can be just as effective in helping sufferers connect – especially for those who don’t have a group locally. Moderated by volunteer support coordinator and IPA Board Member David Kliss, the Virtual Support Group (VSG) meets online approximately every 4 to 6 weeks on Sundays. Please join him and men and women from around the world for this worthwhile meeting. For an invite, reach out on the Contact the IPA form. For more from Dave, scroll to view the VSG Blog!

Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 8 p.m. US ET | 7 CT | 6 MT | 5 PT NEW TIME!
  • Join us for our member event Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11 a.m. US ET | 10 CT | 9 MT | 8 PT
  • Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 8 p.m. US ET | 7 CT | 6 MT | 5 PT
  • Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 1 p.m. US ET | 12 CT | 11 MT | 10 PT
  • Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 1 p.m. US ET | 12 CT | 11 MT | 10 PT

Virtual GE – Does it work?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), which has become the most widely accepted treatment for Paruresis, uses a model of graduated exposure (GE) based upon public in-person practice with a “pee buddy” from a local support group or an empathetic friend or family member, a model which has shown itself to be highly effective. In March of 2020, however, that model became difficult if not impossible to use as social venues closed down and personal contact outside of immediate family became severely limited, and the idea of virtual GE practice, following the same general procedure but done over video chat from a home bathroom, came to be used as an alternative.

A Prisoner Speaks

Thank you so much for responding back to my letter! I have to be honest with you, when I received the package and seen who it was from it almost brought me to tears. I’m almost in tears now just thinking about it. I have felt so alone and hopeless dealing with my condition since I thought I was all alone. Finally someone knows how I feel and knows the type of issues I face on a daily basis.

How can I access historic IPA resources like “Free To Pee”?

The IPA is celebrating 25 years of helping people with clinically shy bladders. Several very important resources (books, videos, audio recordings) created by the IPA or its friends are now out of print. That got me thinking about how to describe these valuable works.  Are they classic? Are they historic?

When will fair drug testing be available to all?

True story. The IPA was contacted by a municipal worker who is an eight year employee with a clean employment record. He’s always had difficulty with providing annual samples and then he failed a test. For employers who must follow Department of Transportation rules, this instance is labeled a “refusal” to provide a sample and counts as a “failure.” To maintain his employment, he was put on a program of more frequent drug testing – which, you guessed it, he failed.

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INTERNATIONAL PARURESIS ASSOCIATION

P.O. Box 21237
Catonsville, MD 21228

You Are Not Alone.
There Is Help For You!

Shy Bladder, Bashful Bladder, Pee Shy

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Email: getinfo@paruresis.org

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.

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