“Yes, you can overcome shy bladder and the authors show you how with step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions for your own program of recovery. The authors have more experience with paruresis than anyone else on the planet, and they have put it all together in this book. A valuable reference for professional as well as for persons with paruesis and their families. Bravo!”
—Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Director of Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
“The inability to comfortably use a public restroom has halted travel plans, promotions, and job changed. It has caused endless daily suffering for millions worldwide who have hidden a shaming, debilitating disorder from even their closest friends. Recovery is not easy, but it is simple. The instructions within these pages can guide you to that long sought freedom.”
—R.Reid Wilson, Ph.D., author, Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks
“This book provides a comprehensive overview of paruesis (shy bladder) and explains what it is, how to diagnose it, an dhow to treat it. It is a must read for anyone who suspects they suffer from paruesis as well as physicians who may be called upon to diagnose, treat, and advise paruretics.”
—Richard L. Ziprin, Ph.D.
“Finally someone has written a serious and comprehensive book about a common, embarrassing, and usually hidden human affliction. For those who have suffered alone, this book will be a comfort and a lifeline.”
—Sally Winston, Psy.D., Coordinator, Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland
“The coauthors of Shy Bladder Syndrome have given sufferers of paruresis a tremendous light of hope in their thorough discussion of the understanding and treatment of this little talked about disability. It is a breakthough contribution that willhelp free millions whose lives are restricted by this condition.”
—Christopher McCullough, Ph.D., therapist and author of Managing Your Anxiety
"Drs. Soifer and Himle write with clarity and authority. This book will be of tremendous benefit to those men and women who are burdened by paruresis.”
—Murray B. Stein, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
“The authors are to be congratulated: a readable book on this very significant but hidden disorder is long overdue. There is none like it! Their multidimensional discussions of this syndrome and it therapeutic options are excellent. The information they provide has the potential to improve the quality of life for thousands of sufferers.”
—John marshall, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, University of Wisconsin, and author of Social Phobia: From Shyness to Stage Fright
“This is a superb treatment of an embarrassing topic that afflicts millions throughout the world. The authors deserve credit for their efforts to take the mystery out of this common anxiety disorder.”
—Howards Liebgold, M.D., Chief of Kaiser’s Phobease Clinics
“Very impressive and well organized. Congratulations on completing such an important work.”
—Carl Robbins, M.S., LCPC, therapist
About the Author
Steven Soifer, M.S.W., Ph.D., is President and Cofounder of the International Paruresis Association and a recovering paruetic. He conducts workshops around the world to help others who suffer form paruresis. He is also Associate Professor at University of Maryland School of Social Work
George D. Zgourides, Psy.D., is the foremost academic expert on paruresis and has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on the subject. He is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in treating this problem and other anxiety disorders. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Joseph Himle, M.S.W., Ph.D., has extensive experience in treating paruetics and developed a treatment manual on which this book is based. He is Associate Director of the Anxiety Disorders Program and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry.
Nancy L. Pickering has served as a board member for the International Paruresis Association for two years and is currently serving as Secretary of the organization. She is a published author in the medical and spiritual fields.