Monday, September 28, 2009

A PSA about PPA

A public service announcement* for those who suffer from Public Performance Anxiety (PPA)

Have you ever been out in public and suddenly had the need to take care of business, only to have one look at your options and decide you have no other choice than to either "hold it" or go home to the privacy of your own accommodations?

That's right... I'm talking about using public restrooms.

Every day millions of people are making potentially unhealthy biological management decisions based solely on the fact that they are uncomfortable with the idea of pooping in public.

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then you might suffer from Public Performance Anxiety as well:

If the place you're at does not have a "private" or "family" restroom do you simply choose not to go?

If there is someone else in the bathroom when you walk in do you turn around and leave?

If you're already in progress and someone else comes in the bathroom do you clamp it closed and sit silently until they leave?

If so, then you are not alone. A recent survey determined that 1 in 3 people will not poop in public. But that doesn't mean you have to simply give up and not put out. Here are three articles that will help you understand your fears, as well as give you answers as to how to flush them away for good.

(click buttons to read )

Why it's embarrassing to poop in public

What to do when being falsely accused of polluting public airspace

How to poop in public

So if you suffer from Public Performance Anxiety don't be embarrassed - you are not a freak. Millions of other people right now are struggling with the same thing. But the good news is, there is a new product on the market designed specifically for you:

For when you're too tense to toot

*Brought to you by People Overcoming Obstacles


Shieldmaiden96 said...

I have been liberated from these hangups courtesy of my job; I drive 500-800 miles a week and if I had PPA I'd have a seeerious problem. Having to do it all the time is the best therapy there is.

Also: I am a connoisseur of clean restrooms in New York State.

JD at I Do Things said...

I have indeed suffered from PPA, but I'm one of those people who does not so much have the option of holding it. When it's time, it's time, if you know what I mean, so I've had to put up with some less-than-desirable situations. Luckily I work at home and don't go anywhere, so it's not much of an issue these days.

Janna said...

Way to recycle! :)

I'm not sure whether to be sad or proud of the fact that I read (and commented on!) all three poop posts.

And my stomach hurts from laughing.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

shieldmaiden96 - You probably know all the "good" ones. You should publish a "best of" directory.

jd - There's been a few times when I've had to grunt and bear it myself, if you know what I mean.

janna - Thanks for being such an good blogger friend and reading through (and commenting on) all the links. :-) But I have this strange feeling this kind of humor is right up your alley already.

Bill said...

Watch the exit door handle, some people do not wash!

Michelle said...

I got over it after an unfortunate incident in kindergarten (THANK YOU, Mom). Grr.

Now if you could just find the child sized version of this for the kindergartener who attends all day school and refuses to use the potty there, I'd be grateful.

The rest of us have just created camel sized bladders because public potties in general are icky. I have no idea where Mister Man gets this from....

Heather said...

I do suffer from PPA, as have all THREE of my children when they were babies/toddlers. All three of them would NOT poop even if we were out of the house all day. As soon as we got home there would be a giant poopsplosion though.

We're home-poopers around here. Thanks for letting me get that out. heh.

Meg said...

I will only poop where there's good reading material. Call me picky.

Junk Drawer Kathy said...

I can't comment on this post. Too many people know me here.

I would have had a lot to say.

Roger Miller said...

I suffer from PPA, and I'm good with that. Although, even that has a limit, which can sometimes put you into a really scary place - if you know what I mean. :)

The word verification is boment like Bowel Movement (in a weird alternate spelling universe, at least.), how appropriate. :)