Can hypnosis help with paruresis?

Sometimes called shy bladder or bashful bladder syndrome, paruresis is a condition where you find it difficult to urinate when near other people. This condition can make it difficult to enjoy going out to restaurants, movie theatres, or any place where you might have to use a public restroom facility.


While everyone has experienced difficulty urinating in the presence of others from time to time, paruresis is a persistent condition that mostly affects men, but sometimes women are affected by it as well. The condition is a common one that is psychological in nature because it is triggered by self-consciousness, feelings of inadequacy or simple embarrassment.

How can hypnotherapy help with paruresis?

The first step to tackling a bashful bladder is recognising that the source of the difficulty does not stem from confidence issues. It’s more a combination of rational fears and expectations that are amplified to the point where urinating in a public restroom with others present becomes difficult to accomplish. Because it becomes a conditioned response, overcoming a bashful or shy bladder starts with recognising the causes.

This form of bashful bladder is a condition that goes back to prehistoric times. Because the act of urination makes you more vulnerable, there is an automatic response in terms of being more careful and aware of your surroundings. Our ancestors sought privacy when urinating so that they were not caught by surprise. Unfortunately, the act of urinating requires relaxation so that the urine can flow naturally from the bladder. 

The ways that hypnosis helps is many-fold which include, but are not limited to the following benefits:

  • Create a greater state of relaxation.
  • Help calm and create settled feelings.
  • Foster a better sense of being in control.
  • Help you to ignore your surroundings better when urinating.
  • Assist with feel more comfortable in public places.

This reaction has been passed through the generations so that today millions of people suffer from this condition.

How does hypnosis help with paruresis?

Hypnosis can be an effective way of treating a shy bladder, because it addresses the very issue that is creating your trouble with urinating. The use of hypnosis will help teach your unconscious mind to overcome the issues that are keeping you from urinating in public. Put the issue of a bashful bladder behind you.

Hypnosis can successfully address the anxiety that accompanies this condition so that you can better relax and ignore your surroundings so that you can urinate faster. There are successful self-hypnosis techniques that you can use to address paruresis so that it is no longer an issue in your life.

You can start by going to a hypnotherapist who can assist with treatments that will address this condition. The therapist may also provide you with self-help treatments so that you can practice at home the ability to relax and feel better when you are in public restrooms. By removing the anxiety associated with this condition, you will quickly see positive results. Before you know it, the thought of having a shy bladder or toilet anxiety will be behind you.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi, Certified Master Hypnotherapist ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp
Glasgow G2 & London W1H

Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind, one of the leading hypnotherapy practices within the UK. He has practised on Harley Street and is an experienced hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level in advanced hypnotherapy and NLP and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.

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