What is Paruresis (Shy Bladder Syndrome)?

ADAA sits down with Dan Rocker (International Paruresis Association (IPA)) and ADAA Member Ruth Lippin, LCSW to discuss paruresis, or Shy Bladder Syndrome. In this podcast we review what paruresis is, how it can impact ones life, and what treatment options are available. 

The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms


How psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world’s stalls. When Oprah Winfrey served on a Chicago jury in 2004, she couldn’t go to the bathroom attached to the jury room unless her fellow jurors sang to drown out the noise. One of the songs they sang was Kumbaya. […]

Master at overcoming adversity: In memoriam, Bill Withers (1938-2020)

Today, we mourn the death of Soul/R&B singer/songwriter Bill Withers, who died on March 30th. If his name doesn’t immediately ring a bell for you, he sang such classics as “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” and “Just the Two of Us.” I think anyone my age or older has heard these songs back in […]