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

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Last Updated: 04/24/2020 at 3:27pm
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May 20th, 2016 12:51pm
My theory is basically that anxiety tells us to go to the bathroom because we can avoid other people in there. My anxiety makes me hella gassy (to the point of agony) so I usually have to go lie down (away from people) to make it go away. In my experience, a good way to avoid that is to make sure you've gone to the bathroom (no. 1 AND no. 2) before you enter a stressful situation, then anxiety can't make you do much. Except throw up. Which would be unfortunate.
May 26th, 2016 10:43pm
It comes down to the fight/flight response - your endocrine/adrenaline system is activated. and that makes it easier to run from danger according to evolutionary biology.
May 27th, 2016 2:58am
Often anxiety is caused because you are burdened about the things that you cannot control. The lack of control is difficult to handle or cope with. It creates stress and sometimes fear. Therefore, going to the bathroom is something that you can control and may offset some of the feelings and anxiety of not being in control.
May 28th, 2016 5:06pm
Anxiety and stress create issues in your stomach and gut. That's why some people might feel sick when they have a panic attack. If your gut is off, you bathroom schedule will be off too
June 1st, 2016 4:08pm
Because when you're anxious you're body is too. When you're brain can't relax, it causes other issues.
June 16th, 2016 12:12pm
Anxiety can cause muscle contractions that may press on the bladder and bowels making one feel the need to expel waiste more frequently
June 16th, 2016 11:59pm
Anxiety usually causes people to tense up. When the muscles around your bladder etc are tensed up, it leaves less space in there. Less space means more frequent trips.
June 18th, 2016 5:19am
The stress caused be anxious feelings I think causes our bodies to act to remove all toxins within the body. So when high stress freaks the body out, it tries to rid of the bad thing by making us pee or sweat.
June 23rd, 2016 8:35pm
When you are anxious your body goes into the fight or flight response, this goes back to the times when humans used to fight wild animals. They would have to either choose to fight the animal or run. Part of the fight or fight response is to get Rid of any excess waste that your body doesn't need, hence you needing the toilet a lot:)
June 28th, 2016 12:17am
This is a physical symptom of some anxiety disorders, albeit an uncommon one. Our bowel movements are tied in to some pretty deep physiological systems. Animals release their bowels in high-stress situations, like when they are attacked or feel threatened enough. We are animals, too. The physical system is tied into the psychological system.
June 30th, 2016 9:09am
Anxiety has been shown in several studies to affect the gastrointestinal system. The stomach, intestines, and the muscles controlling defecation and urination are affected as well, becoming inflamed. This causes spasms, diarrhea and/or constipation, and pains in the stomach area when one becomes anxious, causing a more frequent need for going to the toilet.
July 1st, 2016 9:53pm
Try not to be alone. Being alone gives way to dark thoughts, with nothing to distract you from them.
July 10th, 2016 3:13pm
Sometimes it is a coping mechanism and some times it is due to fear. When you urinate it makes the body warmer and as long as there is warmth your body will learn to cope with fear and anxiety
July 14th, 2016 4:41pm
When you get stressed out you can get nauseous and make your stomach hard it could make you have to puke of poop.
July 15th, 2016 9:12pm
The butterflies in your stomach are actually intestinal movements speeding up. It frequently happens when you're very anxious.
July 21st, 2016 8:10pm
Anxiety causes physiological responses in the body that rev the body up and put it into over drive which can lead to an increase in bowel movements.
July 22nd, 2016 7:06pm
In my own experience, i felt safer in toilet cabins. It feels like the walls are protecting you and you are free to do anything without judgement.
July 22nd, 2016 11:38pm
haha for me i think it's almost a way for me to stall and put off whatever it is that is making me anxious!
July 28th, 2016 2:11am
Maybe because you are having a mental breakdown so all your system feels like that and its trying to autoregulate
August 8th, 2016 12:51am
Your anxiety may be fooling your brain into thinking that you need to use the restroom but perhaps in reality your body uses the bathroom as a place to hide your anxiety and relax for a few minutes. Just being in the bathroom may calm your brain and help stop your anxiety temporarily.
August 27th, 2016 8:19pm
This is possibly just one of the physical signs of anxiety just like other symptoms like sweating and heart palpitations. If you still need the toilet frequently when you don't feel anxious you may want to speak with your doctor as there could be another reason behind it.
September 1st, 2016 4:33am
From my own experience, anxious feelings create the need to go to the toilet frequently because all of my bodily processes seem to be accelerated. The body is working harder to regulate itself. I've also had a more difficult or delayed time in going to the washroom if I'm anxious.
September 1st, 2016 6:09am
Anxiety is stress and stress frequently brews in the stomach. When you get stressed/anxious your stomach muscles get all tight creating those reactions
September 1st, 2016 8:38am
September 3rd, 2016 7:18am
Anxious nervousness affects the bladder, causing the need to go to the bathroom often, especially at night
September 4th, 2016 7:50am
Different cells react differently to stress between individuals so... biological complexity = easier bladder release ;) the power of science!
September 4th, 2016 7:56pm
Anxiety can physically affect your body in a lot of different ways, including making some body parts feel on edge. This nervousness can cause some people to feel the urge to use the restroom when they experience anxiety.
September 7th, 2016 10:50am
When someone manifests anxiety it causes tension in the the body. Going to the toilet is a release of this tension. But one must be reminded, all tensions are created mentally.
September 7th, 2016 5:09pm
Anxiety and stress affect the immune system, which may then cause you to need to go to the toilet more frequently. It could also be due to the natural 'fight of flight response', which releases adrenaline - adrenaline goes on to disrupt the digesting of food, which affects how often you need to go to the toilet. The doctors don't know a large amount about this, but there is a scientific link that's been established - unfortunately!
September 10th, 2016 7:45am
Anxiety puts a stress on our bodies. Sometimes this can make muscles scrunch up, thus squeezing whatever is inside us out.