Do you have shy bowels? Parcopresis


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Do you have shy bowels? Parcopresis

Parcopresis, or Shy Bowel Syndrome as it is often called, is a psychological disorder that results in a person being unable to relieve themselves unless a certain level of privacy is afforded.
The exact level of privacy will vary from one sufferer to another.

Some Parcopresis sufferers find it impossible to defecate in a public restroom when people are present, while others grow anxious just at the mere possibility that a person will enter the room. Other sufferers are unable to defecate when people are in the same house or building.

This disorder only makes it possible for sufferers to do their business in a limited number of places that are deemed safe. This, in effect, restricts their lifestyles. The level of restriction will depend on the severity of the condition.
Some suffers may find it somewhat restricting, but not debilitating. Others, however, experience extreme restriction and find themselves forced to give up their jobs, avoid vacations they would otherwise take and generally limit and dictate most aspects of life.
Shy Bowel Syndrome affects both women and men of any age or background
It is unknown exactly how many people suffer from the condition at this particular time. Severity is considered to be a key factor in determining this number because some people who experience it find their lifestyles virtually uninterrupted by its presence while others may find their lives greatly affected by its demands.

You may be experiencing Shy Bowel Syndrome if you find it very difficult or impossible to defecate when others are around or could potentially be present. Extreme anxiety and the inability to relieve your body when you know it is necessary are important symptoms to recognise.

The good news is there is treatment for Parcopresis
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one treatment available. This form utilises methods of desensitisation to help sufferers feel less anxious about those around them.

Other forms of therapy may be effective as well. If you are a sufferer of Shy Bowel Syndrome, you may consider seeking the assistance of a therapist who can tell you about the treatment options available and recommend the one that will best fit your particular situation.

If your condition is mild, you may find it possible to treat it using a self-help method. If, on the other hand, it is more severe and debilitating, therapy is most likely your best option as it will enable you to resume your normal lifestyle.

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