Urophobia – the fear of urine or of urination

Urophobia is the fear of urine or of urination. Sometimes referred to as paruesis or bashful bladder syndrome, Urophobia derives from the Greek word “ouro”, meaning urine and “phobos” meaning fear. It is thought that Urophobia affects more men than women.

The urophobic individual often feels that someone is watching or listening while they are trying to void. This makes urination extremely uncomfortable. Some individuals are so severely compromised, by this phobia that they are completely unable to urinate in any public toilet. This fear impacts the urophobic’s ability to participate in any daily routine. Conversely, if the individual suffering with Urophobia does continue their routine, but avoids urination throughout the day, they are at risk of developing physical problems of a urological nature.

What Causes Urophobia?

The person suffering with Urophobia has experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps, in the adult’s mind the incident has been forgotten. However, as with all phobias, there is one specific catalyst that remains associated with urination.
As Urophobia is associated with a fear of public toilets, one could logically assume that the traumatic experience occurred there. Perhaps seemingly innocent school pranks during bathroom breaks or a comparison of anatomy during pre-adolescence is the reason.
There are a myriad of reasons that an individual could develop Urophobia. But, whatever the cause, urophobic person can experience anxiety and emotional turmoil that is completely disruptive to their daily functioning.
Symptoms of urophobia:
The symptoms of Urophobia differ from person to person. Some people, when confronted with their fear of urination and public toilets, may feel uncomfortable, nauseated or begin to perspire. Others can be so severely compromised by this phobia, that they experience anxiety and/or panic attacks.
Other symptoms of Urophobia can include: breathlessness, dizziness, excessive sweating, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack.

Treatment Options

Hypnotherapy helps to reprogram your subconscious “programs” that may be part of your fear. When these programs are “de-bugged” the symptoms of Urophobia often are minimized. However, some people don’t like the feeling of loss of control in allowing someone else to play with their personal “software”.
Hypnotherapy works fast.