How to End Phobias, Anxiety & Panic

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  1. Panic Attacks & Panic Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, How to Stop
  2. The Differences Between Phobia and Panic Disorder
  3. 8 Common Phobias
  4. What is the Anxiety Trick?
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Panic Attacks & Panic Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, How to Stop

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The Differences Between Phobia and Panic Disorder

Specific phobias fact sheet. National Institute of Mental Illness. Gabbard GO, ed. Specific phobia. In: Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. Specific phobic disorders. Merck Manual Professional Version. What are anxiety disorders? American Psychiatric Association. Augustyn M. Overview of fears and specific phobias in children and adolescents. Sawchuk CN expert opinion. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. I made myself sit up all night holding it in with chronic pain and ended up being sick just because I was too scared to use the toilet when everyone was upstairs.

Pardon the pun, but reading these pages on this website has been such a relief. I was coming home from a family day out 25 years ago when I needed the loo, so I jumped off the train and went into the loos at the station. Eventually I had to shout for help — I was so ashamed. My family thought it was funny and nicknamed me tiddle-britches and all continued well until 10 years ago when I got stuck in a tunnel while on the tube and my fear was that we would be there for ages and I would need the loo.

I have fear of being too far from a toilet at all times as my bowels tend to make their own mind up about when they want to empty! My major fear is actually not making it to a toilet in time.

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  • I have been very close on a few occasions and hope that day never comes. I rarely go out, other than to work. Last time I did I ended up in tears at the table with all the other diners staring at me. Oh and getting a boyfriend is out of the question! Any single TP guys out there? I am not generally a nervous kind of person and was always quite adventurous as a teenager. The thought of going hiking or on an exotic holiday now scares the hell out of me. I do not know what particularly triggered this phobia.

    The embarrassment!!

    How to prevent a panic attack

    I ended up in tears again so my dad drove me home. My family are very understanding and I know I really do need to get over this if I am to do anything with my life. I fear it will be like this forever. My doctor prescribed anti-depressants but it made no difference so I stopped taking those. I am so scared of the high tank toilets with chains. This fear has progressed on to also fearing overflow pipes and air vents in toilets.

    I feel sick, hot and sweaty as if I will pass out. The problem just seems to be getting worse and I now dread the day when toilets like this come back into fashion. I ended up having a really bad panic attack and wet myself.

    8 Common Phobias

    This was the most embarrassing thing that I have ever done and even though only two of my colleagues knew about this incident at the time. I dreaded going into work so much so that it makes me want to cry thinking about it. I have also developed emetophobia fear of being sick and in a way this phobia has kind of taken over from the toilet phobia. I do however constantly worry about needing to go to the toilet when I am at work.

    I am seeing a counsellor to help with my problems and although this is a very embarrassing problem, I urge anyone to speak up about this. One practical thing that has happened at work is that I have been able to change sections and can now remove myself from the shop floor whenever I need to. This has helped enormously. My counsellor has taught me techniques to challenge my anxiety which has entailed facing my situation in a positive way. My advice to anyone with this problem is to visit your GP.

    Even if I go somewhere with loos, I hate the idea of being heard. I even panic if people are coming to my house for fear of being heard on the loo. I refuse to use public transport, and panic if I get caught in even a small queue of traffic, for fear of needing to go. I never realised this had a specific name, as I have tried hypnotherapy to no avail, but it was for general anxiety.

    I already feel like such a weight has been lifted.

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    I have at times felt addicted to imodium, and underwent counselling to try and break away from the habit of carrying it. I cancel plans with friends, nights out and nights in, if there is someone else there who I cannot trust with my problem. I have left relationships because I could not bear the thought of needing the toilet when they were around. I am even too scared to rent out a room in my house even though I have got two toilets in case they hear me. I have had two endoscopies, IBS medication, anti-depressants, counselling, and hypnotherapy.

    Reiki is helping a little, but only really with the panic attacks, which is what I tell people I have, not a fear of the toilet. I hope I can find a spark of hope from this site, and wish the best of luck to everyone else who suffers with this fear. When I was eleven I had a water infection and since that day I have been constantly stressed with the feeling of needing to urinate. At school I would skip assembly, I quit football in case i needed to wee during the game. I hated car journeys and before and after every lesson at school I would have to go to the toilet.

    I cant believe no one ever noticed. Its been the same ever since college and throughout work its been none stop stress, always clenching and worrying about needing to urinate. My dad died when I was seventeen and his funeral was difficult to get through but then I started drinking and it felt better as I was meant to need a wee after drinking so much alcohol. Around this time I also started having symptoms of IBS and still do now.

    Eventually I got back to work and all was well for another year or so but around two years ago I was driving home from work twelve miles from my house and got the same feeling.

    What is the Anxiety Trick?

    It took all my confidence away and I quit work again. I got really low and one night when drunk I decided to try driving to the sea and off a cliff. The police got to me before I reached the sea and arrested me for drink driving. Now I was petrified my worst nightmare. I was on suicide watch over the weekend and got woken up and carted ten miles to court in a security van.

    The whole time feeling I was going to wet myself, then locked in a cell with another guy without a toilet. I managed to make it through to my own amazement and got a lift home but Ive never gone back to work and rarely leave the house unless Im drunk. I have a girlfriend who knows nothing about it and it breaks my heart not to be able to go places with her.

    I just wish I was normal and could do normal things without being so stressed and fighting the urge to wee. To this date I have never soiled myself and always managed to get to a toilet or bush in time.

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    I just dont know what to do anymore and I need my confidence back. I just saw a programme that said there are four million people with similar problems. I am really shocked. My phobia extends much further than the toilet, unfortunately. I fear anything with a pipe attached to it. The worst things are toilets, showers and sinks, air conditioning units, drains and electric hand dryers.

    Anything that you have to expose yourself to makes me feel sick and dizzy to think about. I have been suffering with this for as long as I can remember. Small spaces with pipes gives me awful claustrophobia. I know that this might sound over the top but it is true and actually I have a smile on my face knowing now that I am not alone.

    For example, forever refusing nights out with work colleagues — my wife even. I am only settled in a job if I know that the toilets are clean and private and that I can use them without embarrassment. Long journeys and people coming to my house are a nightmare for me. I tried explaining to my wife about my difficulties but it has been hard admitting the true extent of the problem to her. I have social phobia and OCD. In a public toilet I will wait in the stall until I am positive that the whole bathroom is empty. I also have to wipe the toilet with toilet paper very thoroughly and then put a bunch of paper on the seat, before I sit down.

    I have had this for numerous years, and it has gotten worse since. I now have to wipe the toilet seat in my own house. I have been suffering from this for many years but have only just now been able to put a name to it. But she has no idea how it feels to have to go so bad but not be able to. I found out about the name for this problem from a classmate when we did a health project. I was too embarrassed to tell them that I suffer from this issue. I am from the USA and have never come across another person with this problem.

    This website has given me the information to finally start improving my life. I get dreadful headaches and stress and as a result I simply cannot relax in the toilet when anyone is around. I usually can go in my own house but I will have to be there long enough to relax and be able to go comfortably and know that no one will come near the bathroom. I recently spent three months in America working and had an entire floor of a house to myself and have proved to myself it is psychological and not a real physical problem because I went very easily and comfortably almost every day, except the two weeks my partner was out visiting.

    Literally the first day he arrived I found myself constipated again. I dread going away for weekends or holidays because I know I will not be able to poo for days and I will get headaches and feel bloated. This is becoming quite an ordeal and I really wish I could get rid of it. Anxiety UK is a national registered charity formed in , by someone living with agoraphobia, for those affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.

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