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High School drug tests & Shy bladder (Paruresis)

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justalayman

Senior Member
Agree on all points. Except if someone who claimed to have a "shy bladder" all of a sudden showed up to a hair test freshly bald, I would think that maybe they were just shy about someone knowing the results.
I understand hair on your head is not the only eligible source.
 

WLOPA

Member
Thanks for all the advice, I'll be talking with the school about it before trying anything else, if worst comes to worst I might take legal action since they are violating ADAAA.

I'm going to ask for a different method of testing (Be it spit or hair, I've never done drugs so I don't care)

School drug testing is athletes and extra-activities.
I'm in a public school.
 

WLOPA

Member
Is this an actual diagnosis by a doctor, or merely a self diagnosis based on online definitions of the condition?

Have you been to a urologist to rule out medical problems?

After getting the all clear from a urologist, have you obtained therapy?

My point being, in order to qualify for an accommodation, you first need the documentation that you actually have the condition. You parents saying, "It's all in your head" would indicate that you have not gone through the process to get the necessary documentation.
I haven't gone to a urologist, but I've talked to a Phycologist and psychiatrist about it, both believe it's Shy Bladder, and I do have anxiety (and meds for anxiety).

I haven't started therapy for it yet because I'm currently focusing on other matters like OCD.
 

justalayman

Senior Member
To argue violations of the law you need to be armed. A diagnosis from a medical doctor that will rule out other possibilities would help a lot. Otherwise you have the word of a psychiatrist that listened to you and made a statement without any physical exam.
 

FlyingRon

Senior Member
Justa, a psychiatrist is a MEDICAL DOCTOR. Further, even a psychologist's statement would be sufficient under the law. He may wish to have a proper exam by a urologist or the like for other health reasons, but as far as invoking the 504 accommodation, he doesn't strictly need it.
 

cbg

I'm a Northern Girl
I can't speak for education, but in employment the ADAAA does not require an employer to take the employee's unsupported word for an accommodation. If you are going in there and saying "I need an accommodation" but you don't provide any medical support for your position when asked for it, they're not in violation if they tell you to "Run away, kid". I'm not 100% sure that being able to pee on command qualifies as a major life activity to begin with.
 

justalayman

Senior Member
Justa, a psychiatrist is a MEDICAL DOCTOR. Further, even a psychologist's statement would be sufficient under the law. He may wish to have a proper exam by a urologist or the like for other health reasons, but as far as invoking the 504 accommodation, he doesn't strictly need it.
They are a specialist. I understand your point but I doubt the psych is going to be asking op to, um, expose himself for an exam
 

WLOPA

Member
I can't speak for education, but in employment the ADAAA does not require an employer to take the employee's unsupported word for an accommodation. If you are going in there and saying "I need an accommodation" but you don't provide any medical support for your position when asked for it, they're not in violation if they tell you to "Run away, kid". I'm not 100% sure that being able to pee on command qualifies as a major life activity to begin with.
That's the great thing about ADAAA, prior to the amendments of ADA, major life functions were the only primary defense.
The ADAAA adds several "Major bodily functions" like Bladder functions, neuro functions, and brain functions.
 
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