Self conscious bladder syndrome or ‘avoidant paruresis’ to give it its correct terminology is classed as a sociable panic attacks. It influences the individual by suppressing their ability to pee in front of others however desperate they may be to void their bladder. pee shy
Shy bladder breathing holding technique is one of many tips that paruretics may have in the arsenal in their fight to overcome or ‘manage’ their condition. Even though others tips include: leisure, mental imagery, visualisations, interruptions; this breath holding approach appears to be the one defying an obvious explanation of their mechanism of action.
Does indeed it really work?
Information from battle-hardened veterans in the war against self conscious bladder syndrome bombard community forums across the internet day-to-day. Many seemingly leap off the page with shouts of ‘success’ after applying this mysterious technique. For the first time in years, those unable to pull a drop with the threat of anyone otherwise around, have been able to stand blue in the face until their bladders have given up the struggle.
One paruretic on the UKPT (UK paruresis trust) forum studies: “OMG… it just proved helpful for me… I keep my breath and once My spouse and i was out of air after I hold for years I suddenly felt the need to piss and did it!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! inch
An additional paruretic on the same forum says: “… works perfectly. Thanks for this tip. inches
How may the breath hold approach work?
It could be possible argue that this technique works in allowing paruretics to pee in situations where they would not otherwise be able to by simply overriding their inhibitions. Let’s face it, regardless of stress levels and how your brain is functioning and perceiving information, if the first signs of nearly anything life threatening appear (ofcourse not breathing for example), then considering what others may think of you in some way loses its importance.
Paruretics become anxious and feel a public bathroom environment is ‘threatening’ and ‘fearful’. The fear relies around being negatively judged and scrutinised by others. This kind of simply causes those to become extremely anxious and stressed (the flip side of the physiological coin to the nice relaxed condition one must be in, as a way to urinate). Although, the breath holding technique will suggests induce a soothing, relaxtion effect (not deep breathing doesn’t usually do that to a person), it is doing something. We realize this through experiential studies. So what else might it be?
From a physiological perspective, if you hold your breath, you stop exhaling CO2 or carbon dioxide. This triggers a short term dysfunction in the blood, creating an increase in acidity. Bloodstream acidity levels are totally monitored by the brain and nervous system to maintain a strict biochemical level. Any deviation from this critical blood acid solution level can be lethal. Hence, when the paruretic disrupts his/her normal inhaling pattern and causes these changes, the brain’s current occupation with ‘worrying about what others may be thinking of me’ is dumped in favour of ‘OMG, this rise in blood acidity may get serious. Red alert. Crimson alert! ‘ The abrupt lack of preoccupation with anxiety about others triggers a full bladder to empty. “No worries” as they say!
How you can do it!
Practise holding your breath in increments until you can comfortably reach 45 seconds and still remain calm. Once you can do this, give it a try ‘in the field’ (at an urinal). After about 45 seconds of deep breathing inactivity, you should feel a ‘dropping’ sensation in your pelvic floor muscles and a stream of urine ought.