Hi, I'm a 31 years old male and suffer from frequent urination. I always had somewhat of a 'weak bladder'. Now, I feel a need to go to the bathroom too often, if I get upeset I feel urgent need to pie. Can anxiety cause frequent urination?
Hi, I had problems with urinary function in stress situations. Still as a boy I used to pie when I felt fear or insecurity, if somebody was shouting at me or beating me. My urinary system is susceptible to infections and I have prostate enlargement too. If I get a urinary inflammation it’s always painful to pie and frequent urination becomes an extreme bother. You should take into account also metabolic diseases like diabetes or thyroid disease, what you can check by a blood test. There are many OTC preparations for treatment of urinary infections like cranberry and bearberry. Pumpkin seed extract, zinc supplements and Saw Palmeto are beneficial in treating of enlarged prostate.
As much as try to stay positive, it has destroyed me as a person. My friendships have disintegrated, I dropped out of college, I lost my apartment, I essentially lost my job, and I've done nothing but wait for the medication to take effect at my parents house - even then it has been a hellish roller coaster of constant (as in 8 hours straight) panic attacks, desperately needing to urinate.
The medication I am on now has helped ALOT, but it makes me feel like my IQ has gone down from 141 to 80, and impaired my memory.
sorry for my negativity XD
I lost my car also before moving out of my apt. My urination frequency comes from my bladder disorder called Interstitial cystitis I.C. for short. You should look into it. Perhaps, you might have symptoms of IC. I already urinate often but when I'm having a panic attack/higher anxiety I tend to start urinating much more. It sucks. I hate panic attacks!
Please stay positive and focused! Peace be to you. I wish everyone well. Please reply if you want me to continue to communicate.
I've always been against medication but at this point i will do whatever it takes.
if u have any kind a solution to this email me at
thank u in advance
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I would be very interested to hear if someone has a proven solution to this problem. I've been suffering with the same thing for the last 15 years or so, and just the same as the posters above my condition gets notably worse when i feel restrained/claustrophobic or when there is a sense of heightened anxiety.
Last night i was at a speed-dating type event, and had to 'go' 6 times in the space of 90 minutes.
Some things that i have noticed if it helps anyone
Things that make it worse
3. Foods containing citric acid
4. Parsley (as its a natural diuretic)
5. Rapeseed Oil (stay well away from this)
6. Going too long without food (say over about 5 hours)
I have recently found a few things that make it a little better, but say only 30 or 40% and the effects last about half a day or so
3. In High anxiety situations, eating some warm food (pretty much anything) also seems to calm it down. no idea why.
I have found that both these contain Selenium which is a trace mineral, which in turn aids the hormonal production in the thyroid gland.
As i say, the effects are not permanent and it only helps for a few hours or so, but does help.
Not sure why it works, but i've been trying many things over the years, and been through the whole national health service system with every invasive test you can think of to no avail. This thing really has had a huge effect on my life.
Anyhow, i've ordered some selenium supplements, and im going to see if that makes it any better. I've also found positive visualisation helps, say if you know you are travelling the next day, you can visualise yourself having a journey without any "pit stops". Sounds a bit 'wierd', but it does help. Doesnt help, or rather HASNT helped me in situations of anxiety unfortunately.
My suspicions are its thyroid related, but i dont fancy going back to my GP anywhere, i've lost my faith in the traditional medical system, so if i could find someone who could help me check my thyroid and treat it, i think that might help.
Look forward to hearing any of your thoughts.
I have been going through everything that was posted above for about eight years now and well i have no life anymore because of it.
Does anyone know anything that could help medical problems or medication to take. I really am uncomfortable taking medication but i am desperate please help!
I just want to share my side of story with you guyes. I suffer from the same thing and always thought i was alone in this as not all anxiety sites name frequent urination as a symptom. My problem started when i was pregnant with my son (now aged 5) and its been struggle since then. Avoiding lot of places where i could get stuck or not be able to go to toilet and most of the time i rather stay at home so i don't have to deal with the fear at all. Well anything out of routine really gets me going. I ve done CBT which helped a bit but in the end have been put on Citalopram which helped. Now i started taking it for a third time as it all got worse lately again.
I just feel really depressed about it as i feel like prisoner of my own body and seems like i'll be stuck on medication for rest of my life. I fear there is no light out of this tunnel :-(
Anyone feeling bit more positive than me?
I have had Generalized Anxiety Disorder since I was very young, which turned into Panic Disorder when I was 16. Throughout my life I have gone through periods with virtually no anxiety symptoms (lasting months to years), periods where I had mild anxiety symptoms all the time (lasting months) and periods of being in a constant panic state (which has happened 3 times in my life for a few months each time).
I find that the urgency for the toilet only occurs in periods of anxiety. In the periods in which I have no anxiety I have no problem with this at all. It also tends to occur specifically AFTER repetitive thoughts that I may get stuck needing to go to the toilet and not be able to (like when stuck in a car). Therefore I have found three solutions to this problem.
1. (and the most effective by far) Is to get out of an anxiety period and into a non-anxiety period. For me this has sometimes been as simple as finishing semester and being on holidays. Getting out and doing things with no stress, commitment or obligations for your time or performance in your life (and being able to leave at any time) is the best way to kick anxiety in the butt. Then when the anxiety is gone you can gradually introduce commitments and obligations in again without overdoing it. Sometimes I have needed medication (Zoloft) to break of out the anxiety/period period, and it worked wonders. I was on it for 4 months, then tapered off it, and stayed anxiety free for 2.5 years after. Other things that really help beat the anxiety response is frequent (and I'm talking every day if possible) yoga, meditation and/or exercise (i.e. walking). Sunshine can also help, as can eating a very healthy diet and avoiding caffeine and alcohol.
2. The other method is to STOP the thought processes when you start worrying that you are going to need to go to the toilet but wont be able to. I definitely find that the first time a thought about this pops into my head, I have no sensation of needing to go to the toilet after it. It is only after continually worrying that it happens. Meditation or putting a favorite CD on or chatting to a friend on the phone may stop these thoughts coming in, and stop the problem. As with anything, if you train yourself to stop the thoughts and the process - it will be hard at first, but eventually it will become second nature.
3. If you just can't get the first or second option to work (or work fast enough) the third option is to make sure you always plan ahead to make sure there will always be a toilet that you can get to, without stress, in no more than a few minutes. This might mean finding possible toilet stops, and parking, along certain routes before you take them. It might mean always going to the toilet straight before you leave to an area with no toilets for a few minutes (i.e. walking somewhere). These things will give you peace of mind that you wont get stuck in a situation where you can't easily find a toilet within a few minutes. It may even for some be worth wearing an incontinence pad just to give you peace of mind. The funny thing is that the peace of mind itself will almost definitely prevent you from needing to go.
With a combination of these things my life has been symptom-free at times, but still manageable (able to hold down relationships and university (I study medicine)) when at it's worst.
Right now I've had a flare up of symptoms and am going to the gym, with the goal of exercising every day and seeing how the symptoms go. If they don't improve enough, I will go on Zoloft again to kick it.