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Hi Trees45 - interesting to see that you are working on your more general anxiety. I have found over a number of years that my peeing problems tend to worsen when I have high anxiety levels in other areas. I underwent some counselling too which did help eventually, but it took a long time and I found it quite traumatic. My counselling was focussed more on my general anxiety than specifically paruresis, but as my general anxiety improved my peeing problems became more manageable and didn't dominate my life as much. I have also had some quite lengthy spells on anti-depressants which I found very helpful too - they certainly helped me to find the motivation to see the counselling through. I know they're not right for everyone and it took some experimentation to find the right one, but they have really helped me at times. Not least they help me to sleep better - when I get anxious I have trouble sleeping, then I have trouble peeing, then I get more anxious - it can be a vicious circle. Sorry to hear you're struggling a bit at the moment Lucy. Anxiety can make life difficult in so many ways can't it. I wish I could say something which might help. Low points pass but it's difficult not knowing how long they'll last. Take care