Did you know that toilet or toilet phobias are more common than we think? Clinicians classify these phobias as anxiety disorders and a kind of social phobias.
After taking an unofficial poll from random individuals regarding their thoughts 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 one of those states that heighten restroom anxiety especially when patrons are dining in a popular eating establishment. The following pet peeves are, but not limited to the total concern patrons have with public restrooms, whether it’s in a department store, movie theater, sports stadium, office building or interstate rest area.
1. Foul odor
2. Empty toilet paper dispenser
3. Empty soap dispenser
4. Wads of newspaper on the floor
5. Empty paper towel dispenser
6. Overflowing waste baskets
7. Dirty floors and stained build up on tile grout
If any of these answers sound remotely familiar to you, guess what? You’re not alone. One often wonders about the type of hygienic habits many individuals practice at home when they don’t respectfully use public baths as we expect them to or have the common courtesy to avoid leaving a grisly mess afterward. People shouldn’t 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 cracks in walls, floors, vents, toilets, and door handles. Such anxiety disorders can mimic traits of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or agoraphobia.
Parcopresis is a type of phobia where sufferers fear sitting back on bathrooms or being confined to the tightly enclosed area of the bathroom stall, together with the inability to defecate in public bathrooms. Paruresis is a disorder affecting individuals who are unable to urinate no matter how much distress they may be 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 restroom hygiene which is a direct reflection on their overall client service ethic.