Anxiety Community
Toilet Anxiety
About This Community:

A community of people with Anxiety offering support through your health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: sleeping, mood swings, panic attacks, and disorders.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Toilet Anxiety

I really really need some help please. I am a 34 year old man suffering from a terrible phobia of not being able to get to a toilet. I am worried that i am going to soil myself. When i am able to use the toilet i dont need to but when i am in a situation where i cant get to a toilet i become desperate and have a major panic attack. It physically feels like i am going to mess myself. This has been going on for 20 years now and i have seen child doctors and hypnotherapists. I recently went to the doctors who informed me that i should go privately as the NHS probably wont have the resources to help me. This is really taking over my life now and will do anything to have a "normal life" without worrying if i have been to the toilet enough and if i am now "empty."
Any advice would be greatfully appreciated.

Many thanks.
Related Discussions
13 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
370181_tn?1428180348
If you do not have a medical condition to substantiate this fear, you absolutely need to get into therapy. That you have endured this for 20 years is remarkable, to say the least.
Being in the UK, you are, no doubt, going to have to get on a waiting list. Get your name on one ASAP. You've suffered long enough.
I wish you the very best
Peace
Greenlydia
Blank
134578_tn?1404951303
Phobias come on as a way of dealing with more general anxiety -- believe it or not, it is easier to be fearful of a phobic thing than to be generally fearful, no matter how inconvenient the phobia is.  When you get to a counselor, see about getting a prescription to an anti-anxiety medicine like Zoloft or Paxil.  It could be the simple thing that makes 100% difference.  Good luck.
Blank
1118884_tn?1338596450
Ok.  Let me make sure I understand your situation.  When you are out and far from a bathroom, you 1)feel high anxiety, and 2) a sudden urge to defecate.  Am I right?

You have had this fear for 20 yrs?  Altho' you have both the fear and the urge, you have never had an accident?

This is a miserable way to live.  I know, as an anal cancer survivor and someone who has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks, what the reality is. Your worst fears are my every day companions. I've learned to face the fear and get out. I won't let my condition keep me locked in my apt.  

I'm only sharing my story as I have had close calls and accidents.  Can usually cover until I get home.  So I am living proof that the worst case scenario won't kill you!  LOL.

Best luck.  Hope you can find a medication that will help.  Therapy is always a good idea.




Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Yes thats right. I have the urge and anxiety that i will defecate when i cannot get to a toilet for instance if i am on a ride at an amusement park or if i am in a car with someone else driving. I would love to fulfill my dream to become a pilot but am unable to do this as i am unable to train in a two seater plane as there is no toilet. I have even thought about purchasing a "but plug" to block my back passage as an answer to this problem. Any other ideas????
Blank
370181_tn?1428180348
Have you ever actually defecated in public?
Butt plug....................bad idea
Psychiatrist................good idea
Blank
1118884_tn?1338596450
Can't add anything to greenlydia's last post.  
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Do something to fulfill your dream of becoming a pilot, it's wonderful.  My husband is a pilot and we are airport bums, flying all weekend.  If you get a 4 place, you could hang a curtain and put in a little camping potty.  I doubt you'd need it but it will help with your anxiety.  Just make sure whomever is in the right seat can handle the plane, which is easier than driving a car.  I hope you get help so you can realize this dream.  Take care!
Blank
396332_tn?1320007215
a butt plug?
Blank
370181_tn?1428180348
The name pretty much says it all.
Blank
134578_tn?1404951303
There are also Depends (disposable adult diapers).  It's not necessary to go around one's whole life in them, however, if one can see a therapist and take care of the anxiety.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
Ruthy55 commented on Tramadol & Ultram...
39 mins ago
1110049_tn?1409405744
Blank
4Maddie44 uploaded a new photo
2 hrs ago
6530778_tn?1416904886
Blank
Irisbritney, and NJgirl79 commented on Irisbritney's status
3 hrs ago
Blank
Anxiety Tracker
Track Anxiety Symptoms
Start Tracking Now
Top Anxiety Answerers
358304_tn?1409713092
Blank
cnote
na, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
LRon
MI
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
480448_tn?1426952138
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
michigan07
Anxiety Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Anxiety Answerers
358304_tn?1409713092
Blank
cnote
na, MO
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
LRon
MI
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled
Arlington, VA
480448_tn?1426952138
Blank
nursegirl6572
PA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
cj29
GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
michigan07