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Friday, November 10, 2006

Toilet Phobia

According to the National Phobics Society 4 million Britons suffer from toilet phobia. Apparently some people refuse to leave their house as a result of their phobia. They develop such an intense obsession that they become housebound and may refuse life saving medical examinations. They won't take a job if a toilet is located in such a position that people may see them trotting off with a copy of The Sun under their arm to do a big poo.

Nicky Lidbetter, a spokesperson for the National Phobics Society,says "No matter how funny we might find it, it's certainly no laughing matter". This is clearly not the case as Yaxlich wet himself laughing when he read this. Although that might, in some way, suggest that he suffers from toilet phobia too.

The BBC article goes on to suggest that several conditions may be behind toilet phobia.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) linked to a fear of contamination
  • Agoraphobia - an anxiety disorder commonly - and wrongly - linked to fear of open spaces, but which the National Phobics Society says is often manifest as a fear of feeling trapped, and a need to escape
  • Paruresis ('shy bladder' syndrome) - the fear of urinating in the company of others
  • Parcopresis ('bashful bowel' syndrome) - the inability to defecate in public toilets

All of a sudden the whole incident with the agoraphobic Peruvian becomes clear.

She has got toilet phobia.

Comments on "Toilet Phobia"


Blogger Rob said ... (12:27 am) : 

What a sweet picture.

I don't suffer from toilet phobia (my family reckon IO spend too long in there, especially if the crossword is a difficult one). Though my bladder is somewhat shy, and therefore much relieved (har, har) that it can hide in my lower abdomen and doesn't have to make public appearances.


Blogger Yaxlich said ... (1:08 am) : 

Yaxlich always gets told off when he goes to visit his mummy because one of the first things he does when he gets there it take the paper off to the toilet but they've got an excellent little cupboard thing right next to the toilet which is perfect to place the paper on to read whilst still maintaining the optimum potty position.


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