A modernised website that provides information and support for people suffering from Shy Bladder Syndrome has been re-launched by the UK Paruresis Trust.
The new look site www.ukpt.org.uk is supported by the Big Lottery’s Awards For All Fund and aims to help individuals to recognise their condition and deal with the problems that it can bring about.
Shy Bladder Syndrome (medically known as Avoidant Paruresis) is a social anxiety disorder that affects men and women of all ages. Sufferers find urinating in the presence or vicinity of other people difficult or impossible. It is estimated that as many as 4 million people in the UK suffer from some degree of paruresis. The private nature of the condition means that many keep it secret even from their partners, families and friends. In extreme cases, individuals are unable to go in their own homes or end up being hospitalised due to medical complications caused by not urinating.
The website re-design makes it easier for individuals to find out about paruresis and encourages them to address their condition via sections including:
• how to tell someone;
• coping with flying;
• registering for desensitisation workshops;
• professional advice on providing urine samples for drug and alcohol testing;
• urinal etiquette; and
• sharing experiences via the men’s and women’s forums.
The UKPT is hopeful that through this newly designed website, it can make a much greater impact in its work, helping many more hidden sufferers.
Google Analytics reveal not only growing national interest, but numerous international enquiries. The new site was visited by more than 800 people from 54 countries in the first six weeks since launch. Visitors have been particularly interested to read the real-life stories from people who have been helped by UKPT at www.ukpt.org.uk/coping-with-ap/living-with-paruresis.