Did you know that toilet or toilet phobias are more common than we think? Clinicians classify these phobias as anxiety disorders and a form of social phobias.
After taking an unofficial poll from random individuals regarding their ideas about public restrooms this question was asked,”Can you name one of your biggest pet peeves when using public restrooms?” Interestingly, before they answered the question, concurrently a strange and sudden snarl of the lip along with a look of disgust appeared.
Germaphobia is among those conditions that heighten restroom anxiety especially when patrons are dining in a popular eating establishment. The following pet peeves are, but not limited to the overall concern patrons have with public restrooms, while it’s in a department store, movie theater, sports arena, office building or interstate rest area.
1. Foul odor
2. Empty soap dispenser
4. Wads of newspaper on the floor
5. Empty paper towel dispenser
6. Overflowing waste baskets
7. Dirty floors and discolored build up on tile grout
If any of these answers seem remotely familiar to you, guess what? You’re not alone. One often wonders about the sort of hygienic habits many individuals practice at home when they don’t respectfully use public bathrooms as we expect them have the common courtesy to avoid leaving a repulsive mess afterward. Individuals should not only assume that someone else is paid to clean up their mess that looks like a crime scene when they are done.
Fear and anxiety leading to such phobias operate on the mind and sends signals where the imagination envisions invisible germ monsters permeating through the air, creeping in the pores, cracks, and crevices in walls, floors, vents, toilets, and door handles. Such anxiety disorders can mimic traits of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or agoraphobia.
Parcopresis is a form of phobia where sufferers fear sitting down on toilets or being restricted to the tightly enclosed area of the bathroom stall, together with the inability to defecate in public toilets. Paruresis is a disease affecting individuals that are unable to urinate no matter how much discomfort they are in.
Such symptoms may be stressful and crippling, but there are treatments for these disorders such as hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Business establishments have an obligation to provide and maintain clean toilet hygiene which is a direct reflection on their overall client service ethic.