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Actas Urológicas Españolas

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LORIENTE ZAMORA, C.. What is paruresis or shy bladder syndrome?: a transdisciplinary research. Actas Urol Esp [online]. 2007, vol.31, n.4, pp.328-337. ISSN 0210-4806.

This paper checks typical aspects of Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome, disease defined as the impossibility or difficulty to urinate in public toilets. We analyze the definition, differences, degrees, nature, etiology, traditional treatments, myths about the origin, and so on; but two are the main contributions of this transdisciplinary research: first, the description of the paruretic´s daily life, which main core is the concealment of paruresis; and second: we offer an alternative to paruretic community, that is beneficial to other stigmatized groups, Coming out of the closet, process that starts in selfhelp groups.

Keywords : Concealment; Stigma; Self-help groups; Paruresis; Coming out of the Closet; Shy Bladder Syndrome.

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