What is avoidant paruresis?
Avoidant paruresis (also known as 'bashful bladder' syndrome or
psychogenic urinary retention) is a social anxiety disorder that involves the
inability to pass urine in the presence of others.
What causes it?
Tight-fitting trainers are a common cause of athlete's
Athlete's foot is a fungal infection of the foot caused by
parasites on the skin called dermatophytes.
Dermatophytes can be divided into
If you feel you can't function without a drink, seek
Alcoholic drinks have been prepared and drunk for thousands of
years. The problems that can accompany excess alcohol intake have
undoubtedly been around just as long.
Alcohol consumption in the UK
Most people in the UK drink alcohol. Total alcohol consumption
per head in the UK rose steeply between 1950 and 1975 and then levelled off
until the mid 1990s, when it again started to climb.
The General Life...
Dads have the right to two weeks' paid paternity leave
Since April 2003, working dads have been entitled to two weeks' paid paternity leave.
In 2006 the government passed new parent-friendly laws in the Work and Families Act, extending pay and l...
What are fertility problems?
Infertility can be defined as the failure to achieve pregnancy
after regular unprotected sex (without the use of any contraception) for at
least a year.
'Primary' infertility means failure to achieve a first
What is male hair loss (male pattern baldness/androgenic
First, a receding hairline develops, and gradually the hair on
top of the head also begins to thin.
Male hair loss is the most common type of hair loss.
What is acne?
Everyone will experience acne. Here is an example of acne on
Acne is a very common skin disorder that
most young people get in early puberty. It is caused by inflammation of the
small oil gl...
All work and no play used to make Jack a dull boy. These
days it can make him physically and mentally ill, according to recent research.
So how can you avoid these pitfalls and make time for yourself?
For some, even a holiday i...
Not releasing stress can affect your mental health.
In 2009, Australian research suggested that one in two of us
will have problems with stress during our lifetimes.
Studies on stress in the workplace
Studies have shown...
The essence of meditation is to bring total relaxation to the person practising it.
Many people think medicines are the answer to stress, but this is no longer the view of the medical profession.
Virtually all doctors agree that tranquillisers...
Introduce some aerobic exercise into your weekly routine to
help your mood and lower blood pressure and stress symptoms.
Skydiving out of a plane and falling thousands of metres at
breakneck speed or juggling a few coloured balls are...
High stress levels affect up to half of all men.
You're sweating bullets, your heart is pounding, your mouth is dry and you feel like you are about to be sick. These are all typical signs of stress.
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone &n...
We're a nation of worriers it seems, with many not able to make the mental separation between home and work. So why can't we switch off, and what can we do about it?
Reduce stress by switching off from work worries at home...
Many people with poor self-esteem think they're not very important and that their views carry no weight.
The word 'esteem' comes from a Latin word that means 'to estimate'. So, self-esteem is how you estimate, or regard, yourself.
And how do you e...
There are over 1.6 million people in the UK who suffer
from eating disorders, with estimates showing between 10 to 25 per cent of
these cases are male. With men saying that their disorders are both harder to
acknowledge, and more difficult to g...
Learn to control stress so it doesn't control you.
During the recession of 2008 to 2009, it was claimed that the
last century has been the most stressful mankind has encountered.
This has to be an exaggeration! For instance, we don&r...
We look at why efforts to improve fitness levels should be more than just a weekend pastime.
Exercising only once a week can lead to unnecessary injuries.
I always try to avoid weekends at my local gym. On the few occasions when I've use...
Men can be shy creatures when it comes to talking about health –
especially if the problem is a bit embarrassing.
We look at the top 10 body worries for men and ask male health
experts what a man can do to solve them?
Man boobs (g...
Ultraviolet rays in sunlight can damage the body's cells.
Most of us love being outside in the summertime. Sunshine not only makes everything look better, it makes us feel good too.
But ultraviolet (UV) rays in the sunlight can damage the cells ...
More than 15 million people in the UK snore, but with
partners also kept awake, experts warn its impact is widely felt and may even
jeopardise marriages. What can you do to silence those snores?
What’s in a snore?
Before you c...
Cigarettes contain more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances.
You can eat five portions of fruit or veg a day and exercise regularly – but healthy behaviour means little if you continue to smoke.
The message ...
In the past five years several new 'lifestyle drugs' have hit
the market. There are now drugs that suppress appetite, those that cure
impotence, and those that help people to give up smoking. And there are some
that fall on a fine line – ...
New figures suggest that, in some parts of the UK, almost 50 per
cent of men drink above recommended levels. But what is 'safe'
drinking? Surely three pints a night plus a 'few more' at the weekend
is nothing for your average bloke to panic abo...
Violence is a common feature of most societies. Statistically, we know that it's predominantly a male characteristic, particularly one of young males.
In England and Wales more than 90 per cent of violent offenders are male, and half of those are ag...
After being diagnosed 14 years ago, Dr Stuttaford underwent immediate surgery and made a full recovery.
A diagnosis of prostate cancer, the most common cancer affecting men in the UK, can be a terrible shock.
More than 37,000 men are diagnosed wit...
Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental
health problem. Some have a complete breakdown. But how do you stop it
happening to you and, just as importantly, help those that have already been
You’re just as likely t...
Men who start good health habits in their youth will be
forever grateful to themselves later in life.
Illness, weakness, disability and death are for the old. The
young with their sleek, strong, naturally fit bodies don't need to bot...