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Is it normal to need to go to the toilet all the time if you are nervous?

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Last Updated: 01/11/2022 at 5:10am
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June 7th, 2015 4:54pm
Absolutely! You may not even actually need to go to the toilet, but just feel as if you do. This is a common side effect of stress and anxiety. If it begins to affect your daily life and activities, think about going to speak to someone about it.
March 11th, 2015 4:49pm
Yes. Anxiety can cause physical stomach pains and lower abdominal pains. I used to feel stomach pains every morning before school. This was due to nervousness and anxiety. The key to solving the pains is to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly.
April 1st, 2015 1:10am
That is 100% normal. The body may react in different ways when a person is nervous. Some people cry, while some people sweat, while others flush red (and others feel the need to go to the toilet). Lots of things are happening in the body when a person experiences nervousness and depending on the person, it can produce different physical reactions. If you are concerned about how frequently you use the toilet though, it's important to visit your doctor who can confirm for sure if you are indeed healthy. Don't be afraid to speak to your doctor about this. Best of luck!
August 11th, 2015 1:01am
Yes anxiety can do that its perfectly normal i spend a lot of time at school running to the bathroom
May 26th, 2015 10:35pm
Sounds like you might have an underlying medical condition. I'm not a doctor so don't take my word for it haha But I would advise you to go see one. Usually it's not serious but I understand it quite embarrassing for the person suffering. Take care :)
July 13th, 2015 12:23am
It may not happen to everyone, but it definitely happens! Sometimes our bodies react in strange ways in a response to an emotion.
July 21st, 2015 10:47am
Sometimes the toilet can be an escape from a difficult situation you're in, or bladder weakness may be related to the nerves.
August 17th, 2015 11:51pm
In my case no. I tend to sweat and get thirsty when I'm nervous, the urge to throw up never became an issue for me nor did I have to tinkle.
November 9th, 2015 5:21pm
yes that is a normal thing needing the toilet when you are nervous even if you dont necessarily need to use it you body can still feel like you do need to
February 2nd, 2016 6:42pm
It may be a bad habit to get into if it is a sort of escape for you. I would try to find a way to not feel as nervous, such as thinking of something you like.
December 6th, 2016 12:33am
This is actually a very common physiological response to anxiety. However, if it is something you are concerned about or it is persistent it is always wise to mention it to a physician. It is often wise to err on the side of caution to ease your mind as well.
November 13th, 2017 8:07pm
Yes, it is definitely normal. Anxiety can provoke all sorts of symptoms and bowel issues is popular. You are not alone.
August 6th, 2018 11:32pm
Yes. sometimes we feel the need to go as a way of feeling better it is natural and nothing to worry about!
January 11th, 2022 5:10am
Yes, this is normal! says "during heightened anxiety, the amount of serotonin increases in your gut and can cause spasms to happen throughout your entire colon. These spasms are enough to produce unexpected bowel movements. In addition to stress hormones, anxiety poop may also be linked to your nervous system." Make sure to be aware of your bathroom habits, because going too often due to anxiety can put some stress on your bowel system. While it is normal, if your bathroom habits are concerning you, it is always a good idea to ask a health professional, like your family doctor, for advice or help. Sometimes it helps to have them just listen to you!