Why do anxious feelings create the need to go to toilet frequently?

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July 21st, 2015 6:32pm
Being nervous or anxious can make you need to go to the bathroom frequently because the nervousness can make your stomach turn or hurt. When I get nervous or am excited or scared about being in public places, I tend to have to look for the nearest restroom.
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May 17th, 2018 12:29am
It activates our Autonomous Nervous System. Going to toilet is a physiologic response to stress stimuli.

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October 27th, 2015 10:29pm
Good question; there is actually a biological reason for this! Many animals (mammals particularly) including humans have something called the "fight, flight or freeze" response, an autonomic reaction to fear. Thousands of years ago, this response would have been useful to us because we lived in a way that put us under certain dangers in which the ideal response would have been to either fight or flee what was terrifying us: for example in the case of running away from a large, angry bear moving towards us. When we perceive a danger, we get anxious/scared. The danger prompts our adrenal glands to release a hormone called adrenaline, which travels all around our body and can cause all kinds of different responses evolved because initially, they would have helped us to survive certain threats. One of these responses was feeling the need to urinate/defecate, or even involuntarily doing so in the most extreme situations. At one time, this was a helpful response to us as: a) It would make us lighter and able to run away faster, and b) It would quickly deter certain predators and possibly slow them down. Obviously, in today's world, the response is no longer so useful at all and can actually cause considerable problems and even make someone more anxious. However, the evolutionary response remains to a considerable extent and we have to seek out different ways to cope with it.
May 29th, 2015 1:42am
If you feel anxious and have the need to use the restroom often when you become anxious, you may be experiencing your stomach muscles tightening which press down on your bladder/bowels and cause you to feel that urge to use the restroom. This is a normal reaction for most people, even though some may not feel the urge to use the restroom, being anxious can cause tightening of muscles in the body.
June 21st, 2018 7:05am
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December 28th, 2015 7:43am
I swear that this happens to me a lot. This is because during anxiety your heart beats fast, your breathing gets faster and this way you will go to the toilet frequently
April 30th, 2016 10:32am
Anxiety can cause stomach upset,digestive problems,digestive illnesses,collitis,irritable bowel syndrome,ulcers,frequent urination all of which can cause the need to go to the toilet frequently.
May 12th, 2016 12:37pm
It's the first thing that pop into our mind when we need to be alone. Anxious = need to be alone = toilet.
July 21st, 2015 2:45am
Eh, I'm no doctor, but here goes a biological explanation. If you have severe, and we're talking straight-up disruptive anxiety, odds are you are spending a lot of time with a heightened heart rate and BP measure. Combine this with some moments of adrenaline on a particularly rough day? When you're body is stressed like that, it has to work harder, quicker to keep the BP and HR up to snuff. Those fast processes make fast waste. There's just the cold, hard, facts.
March 31st, 2016 6:32pm
It's not about the toilet itself..it's more about being alone in a place where no one will bother you .. In this case this special place is the toilet cause it is the most isolated place in a house right ??
April 23rd, 2016 2:49am
Because when we feel anxious or nervous, Our bladder muscles tighten up which make us have to use the restroom frequently, Depending on how nervous or anxious you become on a daily basis.
May 22nd, 2016 3:39am
The physical feelings of anxiety are caused by the "fight , flight, or freeze" part of the brain firing off prematurely. During this time your body prepares itself, as if it had to run away from a threat (like a safer tooth tiger) thanks to our evolutionary history. Your heart beats faster to get more blood to your vessels, your breathe faster and your digestion slows down to direct that extra energy towards your muscles. When your digestion slows down, and gets altered frequently due to anxiety attacks IBS (or irritable bowel syndrome) can develop where you need to use the bathroom frequently. For me, I get lots of bloating and stomach pains if my anxiety attacks occur frequently enough. But I recommend seeing a doctor about it, if it is causing you too many problems.
May 8th, 2016 12:32pm
It is usually because I always feel like something is wrong. so i go to make sure nothing is wrong .
April 22nd, 2015 12:10pm
It's all to do with your fight-or-flight response. It sends lots of blood to the parts of your body you might need/makes the muscles contract (eg brain, arms, legs) and withdraws blood from the less important areas and makes them relax (bladder, stomach, colon). This is why being nervous makes people feel they need to/need to wee, poo and puke.
March 18th, 2016 5:21pm
With anxiety, it can cause mixed emotions and feeling within your body, and can cause the body to react randomly sometimes. Your mind is being flustered, and your body can be confused, which can cause you to need to use the restroom a bit too frequent. The person may not know to how to control it, so they have the need to go.
April 15th, 2016 4:44pm
It may be that your body has spead up do to the flight or fright response. Following this needing to use the bathroom is a way of getting out of a suitation
April 28th, 2016 3:04pm
A lot of people use it kinda like a crutch. (I know it sounds odd but IT'S NOT.) You feel safe in the bathroom. There is no one that can get you. You've locked the door and you can finally be yourself.
April 22nd, 2016 9:17pm
Usually with anxiety your muscles tense and contract, which can cause that need to frequent the restroom. It's normal, just try and breath through the anxiety. Focus on your surroundings and your present self and that you are ok in the moment.
March 23rd, 2016 2:42pm
Anxious feelings make your stomach turn and hurt. This makes your body think you need to go to the bathroom.
June 18th, 2015 2:34am
It's part of the body's whole reaction to anxiety. Anxiety causes several stimulating hormones to be released in the body, many of which are diuretics meaning they make it so that you need to use the bathroom.
April 29th, 2016 4:40am
When we feel anxious our bodies go into whats called "fight or flight" mode which simply means if there is a danger we either fight or run! Of course with anxiety there isnt always an immediate reason for the anxious feelings but out mind and bodies are predispositioned to go into "fight or flight" mode. So needing to go to the toilet frequently is simply the bodys way of evacuating "non essential" contents as it needs adrenalin to either fight or flee!
September 1st, 2015 12:51pm
Because anxiety makes your blood prioritize the brain and the big muscles instead of the interior organs. This means that the food is not being properly digested before it leaves the body.
April 8th, 2016 8:01pm
It's often how the body responds to those type of things. Just like when you get stressed, you can get a headache or your heart suddenly beats faster than normal.
May 4th, 2016 11:47am
There are several beliefs for what causes frequent urination from anxiety, and the likelihood is that all of these factors play a role: Muscle Tension – When you have anxiety, your muscles get very tense. This tension puts pressure on your bladder, which in turn makes you feel like you need to urinate more than you would otherwise. Light Overload – It's also possible that, because anxiety is a misfiring of the fight/flight system, your body may simply be lightly overloaded. The fear is not intense enough to cause immediate urination, but it may make it harder for you to feel like you can hold it back. Also, those with anxiety are more prone to focusing on different sensations unintentionally. There are often times when you may feel the need to urinate slightly but your body has no problem ignoring the feeling and holding it back. It's nothing to worry about though, it happens to everyone :)
August 18th, 2016 1:18am
I compare anxiety and the need to use the restroom to playing hide and seek as a child. You find the perfect place to hide and feel comfortable but once the person who is seeking says they are coming you get really nervous and anxious. You start to fidget, maybe shake some, and probably feel your muscles contracting. Between the sudden jolt your body is feeling and the muscles trying to respond this type of excitement could be why we feel the need to use the restroom when anxious.
March 29th, 2018 9:30pm
Anxiety can cause a feeling of needing to go to the bathroom even though it is not your regular time or you have already gone during the day. This is because when the fight or flight system is activated, pressure builds up inside of the body which can make stool feel like it needs to come out.
April 5th, 2018 3:38pm
from my personal experience going through answers feelings that causes me to go to the bathroom is simply because it is a lot to endure when you are still delicate and fresh from a situation you just barely got over as you are trying to move on with life
March 17th, 2016 12:15am
To get out of the situation causing anxiety would have to be my guess. I've never really had that issue before so I'm not too sure!
May 21st, 2016 9:10pm
Excitement probably, your body releasing fluid to deal with the feeling. Quite a few people can relate to what you mean by this and wonder too.
September 18th, 2016 7:51pm
It is psychology: I don't know the scientific reason but I wanted to assure you that it happens to me too. Whenever I can't sleep at night and whenever I get nervous about not being able to sleep, I always go to toilet in 10 minute periods. It's frustrating - but remember, you are not alone! :)
March 18th, 2016 5:02pm
Brain has a way of reacting to stress. Our body is controlled by the mind which in turn is governed by our emotions. So when you are stressed you get anxious. Being anxious puts a lot of pressure on the brain which leads to stress on the organs. So is panic attacks manifested in different ways like racing heart or visiting toilet, feeling light headed, shivering, loss of voice, fainting etc.. Basically the brain gives up due to stress and so the other organs try to relieve you of the stress in the way they function.
May 14th, 2016 4:05am
Anxiety creates an overall tension throughout the body. As the bladder tenses, it contracts and is able to hold less. Therefore, you end up using the bathroom more frequently.
May 20th, 2016 9:27pm
Maybe because when you are anxious. You tense up your mucles. And your bladder is a mucle. So that may make you have to go to the rest room more frequently.
June 2nd, 2016 6:01am
nervous or anxious can make you need to go to the bathroom frequently because the nervousness can make your stomach turn or hurt. When I get nervous or am excited or scared about being in public places, I tend to have to look for the nearest restroom.
October 28th, 2017 2:57pm
Great question! Many people know the feeling of an upset stomach when they're anxious. There is a biological reason behind this experience. You may have heard of the fight/flight response. When your brain perceives a threat, the amygdala sends out an alarm that triggers a cascade of neurotransmitters to be released (adrenaline and cortisol). These neurotransmitters activate the sympathetic nervous system, which plays a key role in that fight/flight response. When the sympathetic nervous system is activated, it has many effects on the body, such as increasing heart rate, increasing respiration, and even rerouting blood flow to power major muscle groups in the arms and legs. In this case, it is causing digestion to suddenly stop which often leads to stomach pain and cramps. While it may have been advantageous for your ancient ancestors to urinate and defecate when faced by a threat (making them lighter/faster and less palatable to certain predators), it can definitely cause issues for you in modern times and it becomes important to learn skills to cope with the anxiety triggering that upset stomach.
April 10th, 2016 9:56am
Panicking and having fears make us feel the need to go to the bathroom more frequently because the anxiety that we're feeling puts stress on our bodies as well. Stay calm and keep yourself healthy.
May 4th, 2016 6:38am
Anxiety is linked to several parts of the brain and the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. When our anxiety is triggered our bodies go into fight or flight mode which initiates some changes in the body for example heart beats faster to enable more blood to get to your muscles that you might be using to run! Part of this fight or flight response is that the brain tells the body to get rid off anything unnesseccary in order to be lighter in case of fighting or flight. There is a lot more information about this on the internet if you Google anxiety and fight or flight response. I Hope that helps!
May 20th, 2016 9:34am
Fear is what makes you want to go to the toilet frequently. Because scientifically speaking as simple as possible the adrenal glands secretae adrenaline when you are scared and the adrenal prepare the body to act in an emergency and the sphincter in the bladder opens up when you're in extreme fear beucase of adrenaline. So anxious feelings have some impact on your kind like fear so that's what happens.
June 2nd, 2016 5:28am
Hmm... Everyone is different. Those who suffer from "anxious" feelings may all experience different feelings and symptoms. If you feel that you are going more frequently than normal or usual, perhaps talking to your family healthcare provider might be a good idea and get you the answers that you seek. Good Luck!
June 3rd, 2016 6:51pm
Cause it increases heart rating, so does blood pressure, so our bladder is faster to react and make us go to the toilet more frequently
June 5th, 2016 2:35am
Being anxious alone affects all parts of the body. Your body responds to different moods. So it is normal to have to "go" or feel sick if you are anxious, sometimes meditation, or reading, or spending time with family or pets can lower the anxiety levels and may reduce the amount of times needed to use the restroom.
August 7th, 2016 7:30pm
The anxious feeling create that feeling because the adrenaline and blood is travelling to the necessary parts of your body your brain thinks it needs to either fight the problem or run from it. This is the flight or flight response. :)
September 3rd, 2016 12:27pm
When you're anxious, that's your body going into flight or fight response. Motor functions are prioritised over things like digestion and bladder control, which is why you might feel shaky and need to pee.
September 28th, 2016 7:06am
Because it's your nerves. That your body reaction so mostly likely you'll make a few trips okay????
October 13th, 2016 12:53am
Yes, our anxiety affects our bodies in many different ways, creating many uncomfortable symptoms such as frequent urinating
August 18th, 2017 4:33pm
Anxiety is related to the Central Nervous System and everyone has different ways of somatization. Vomiting, going to bathroom frequently and other symptoms are common when you are anxious
October 27th, 2017 4:26pm
I get that feeling quite often at work. I feel as though it is in large part because I want to be alone for a minute or two. It also creates a sense of immediate relief. I've never let the fact that I go to the bathroom a little more often then others get to me. It is what it is and if that is how I need to cope, then I will take those couple minutes to myself.
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May 13th, 2018 2:06pm
Anxiety leads to a constant battle with disturbing thoughts and ideas. To get through the phase, individual indulge in behaviors which aid in controlling those thoughts and ideas. Thus, certain common behaviors are biting nails, fidgeting, going to toilet. It is a way to train the brain to let go the anxious feelings.
May 6th, 2018 6:27pm
Sometimes you may become frightened and this will result in the need to use the bathroom. This is common when experiencing anxiety.
May 3rd, 2018 6:59am
Anxiety creates a lot of pressure on your body and your hormones and affects your digestion system. It is very common for people with anxiety.
April 22nd, 2018 9:15pm
A lot of time anxiety is linked to our desire to control something or a situation. In most cases, we have the ability to control our bladders, and knowing where the nearest bathroom is is another part of that control. I find that when dealing with anxiety, holding onto things that we can control (or feel we can) can actually be helpful. If it is causing you distress, it may be worth looking into further and working to develop different means of control.
April 22nd, 2018 5:59pm
I believe it may be due to the fact that your digestive system is very fragile and any slight changes to you can cause changes to it. It may also be because when we're feeling anxious, the stress from that feeling can cause us to enter 'fight or flight' mode which different people handle different ways. Some people sweat, others shake, some people need to go to toilet. There is also the possibility that IBS is involved, it may be a good idea to get that checked out just to be safe.
April 20th, 2018 3:26am
Anxiety increases the metabolic rate in the body, temporarily. So that may affect digestion of food as well.
April 5th, 2018 6:18am
Feeling anxious may cause you to have stomach cramps, which could result in the need to go to the bathroom frequently.
March 28th, 2018 4:10pm
Anxiety is different for every person. Some people with anxiety may experience the feeling of needing to go to the toilet, some others may feel like they need to go away and some other may have other experiences. Anxiety is a spectrum.
March 23rd, 2018 6:01pm
Anxiety causes our heart rate to go up, which causes our mind to enter that "fight or flight" mode. Because of this, our body quickly tries to evacuate anything that will only deteriorate our ability to "fight" or "run away" from danger; this includes the sudden urge to want to go to the bathroom to empty our body of any waste. This allows the body to feel "lighter" so you can move quickly on your feet if anything was to occur.
March 16th, 2018 5:30pm
Its a flight or fight reaction. When you're faced with a stressful/difficult situation, muscle tension occurs at your stomach/bladder, causing urges to make toilet trips.
March 4th, 2018 8:26pm
The gut is heavily connected with anxiety-like effects, and so the frequent need originates. There are a lot of studies that show the gut-anxiety connectivity.
March 1st, 2018 6:49pm
It is part of the fight or flight response of the body that make our digestive system react like that
March 1st, 2018 7:20pm
Our bodies and our psychological well being are tightly knit. Our emotional health can trigger a number of bodily functions as a method of relieving stress, and going to the toilet is one of them, and it is completely normal. Another implication is vomiting. That's why people who are really nervous, sometimes vomit.
February 28th, 2018 8:22am
Anxiety is more than an emotional issue, it causes physical reactions. Our bodies enter a fight or flight mode and going to the toilet is part of that. When this happens, as hard as it is to deal with, try to cut back on your liquid intake but still make sure you are remaining hydrated. It will eventually even out.
February 15th, 2018 6:36pm
When your brain feels scared, it will try to find a way out of whatever situationit is scared of, and what is the easiest escape? The restroom. Your brain will tell your body it needs to use the toilet, and trick you into thinking you really have to.
January 31st, 2018 9:45pm
Could be a flight or fight response. When an anxiety-provoking situation occurs, our sympathetic nervous system starts up (e.g. accelerated heart rate, sweat), causing a fight or flight situation, where we either stay still (typically freeze), or run away from the problem. Making your bladder feel full is one way the system creates that 'flight' for you, so you can escape the situation.
January 31st, 2018 8:15pm
Adrenaline is pumped by the body when you feel anxious, and that puts pressure on the bladder. It's the fight or flight response. It's just a natural body response.
January 24th, 2018 6:47am
Has to do with your brain and the fight or fight that is going on inside of the persons head this can act in different ways depending on the person dealing with anxious thoughts.
January 10th, 2018 2:03pm
One can feel the need to go to the toilet often when they are feeling anxious because the nervousness can make your stomach turn or hurt, also the fight or flight system is activated, pressure builds up inside of the body which can make stool feel like it needs to come out.
January 3rd, 2018 11:42pm
Anxiety causes the body to over work, because the brain is trying to calm its self down, for some the brain makes the body want to urinate, for others it might be something else. It’s usually contractions around the stomach and gut area.
December 15th, 2017 12:29am
The toilet is a place where there is no people around. A small secure place where you are alone and can calm down.
November 22nd, 2017 6:57pm
There’s a whole lot of science behind that. Basically when we’re anxious, adrenaline is released in the bloodstream, which increases the heart rate. Higher heart rate means blood circulating through the body at a faster pace – going through the kidneys and being filtered at a faster rate. Faster filtration results in an ‘increased need to go to the toilet’. In short: 1. Anxious = adrenaline released (response) 2. Adrenaline in blood = Heartbeat increased (response) 3. Increased heartbeat = blood flows at a faster rate than usual 4. More blood flow = blood passing kidneys faster 5. Faster circulation through kidneys = faster filtration 6. Faster filtration = more pee
October 22nd, 2017 2:51am
I find this happens when my body gets overwhelmed with the emotions associated with stress or anxiety. Gastric issues are a very common side affect of these types of situations. The mental tension we feel unfortunately can cause tension in our organs. So when the gastric muscles are tensed, they tend to want to release anything that may be in there. The more you relax and the anxiety goes away, the less frequent these episodes occur. Having over the counter medication on hand is always a good idea if this is one of the main side affects of your anxiety/stress.
September 2nd, 2017 5:56pm
The activation of the sympathetic nervous system also commonly reffered to as the flight or fright response results in the physical symptoms we attribute to anxiety. Namely tremors,palpitations,pupil dilatation,dry mouth and frequency of urination.
August 11th, 2017 2:51am
Frequent urination is a common anxiety symptom. anxiety and nervousness can be interpreted by our body as stress. The stress response secretes stress hormones into the bloodstream where they travel to targeted spots in the body to bring about specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body’s ability to deal with a threat. One of these changes results in our body's attempt of dispelling all waste product from the body.Its a perfectly normal response to anxiety, and relaxation techniques and avoiding situations that stimulate your anxiety can help prevent this.
August 10th, 2017 3:52pm
No idea lol but I'm pretty sure if you talk to a doctor or a family member they will have the answer .
August 10th, 2017 9:25am
Anxious feelings result in frequent toilet visits and bowel problems because nervousness disturbs your metabolism. Stress triggers physiological changes, digestion among them.
April 12th, 2017 1:50pm
There were found to be links between anxiety and your digestive bacteria, so it's a normal symptom. It's a reaction from your body, just like when you get scared your heartbeat increases. Anxiety has reactions all throughout your body, including your gut.
March 29th, 2017 12:28pm
This is due to the increased fight or flight response. When we are anxious our bodies think that we might need to improve our ability to fight or escape, getting rid of any waste is an effective way to do this
March 11th, 2017 12:58am
Anxiety is a result of the flight and fight response in our bodies. In order to 'flee' or 'fight' against the threat the body undergoes in this state of release, in order to facilitate escape or fight.