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Disorder or anxiety?

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Old 10-23-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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Disorder or anxiety?

Over the last year or so I've developed what could be called a bowel condition. I don't know if this is a condition that has been caused by anxiety or does not exist at all except in my head. I feel as though my bowels are unpredictable and this makes me reluctant to be away from home for any length of time.
I tried going to the toilet each morning, but this had no results (literally nothing happens) so I still go into the day uncertain. Now usually I don't have any actual problems, and once I get busy with whatever I'm doing I'm fine, but it's not an unfounded fear because equally often (particularly when I'm in a situation where I'm not in control, AKA being driven somewhere) I do feel like I need the toilet and I always have a 'consciousness' of my bowels that I'm sure is not normal.

I feel like this is a predominantly psychological problem, but at the same time I wonder if there isn't some actual basis for it or something I can do to achieve some peace of mind. It may not sound like it but this is having a severe impact on my life. I avoid doing things that I want to do and am losing what little confidence I ever had.

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