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Panic Problems with IBS
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blancyblanc posted:
Dear All,

I recently got diagnosed with IBS and panic disorder. My problem is, that the panic disorder has taken over my life and developed into health anxieties. I am trying to recover and am ignoring my health anxieties (the pain in my chest that happens because of my IBS,) but my real issues are getting stuck in traffic and thinking I'm going to poo myself, because I have before. The panic makes me need to poo, and the need to poo suddenly makes me panic. Is there a solution? I know panic can't make you die/faint/have a heart attack/vomit, but it does make me poo, so I can't get over it. What do I do? Am I stuck forever?
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Reid Wilson, PhD responded:
Hey, blancyblanc-
This is a perfect example of how panic can dominate one's life. It puts these thoughts in your head: "if I do THIS, then THAT terrible thing may happen. So I am going to back away, just to be safe/sure." That's exactly how panic controls people. Now, you know I've got very limited space here to give you extensive advice. So here is the down-and-dirty task: You must find a way to be able to say, "Even if THAT happens, I will handle it. So I'm going forward. Give me your best shot, panic." You must aggress on panic. You need to learn the basic skills about how to handle panic attacks, and you can find them HERE . Then (and you will hate this suggestion), once you have comprehended what it takes to overcome panic, and have been working on those skills, then start to wear adult diapers when you are driving. If you poo, then you poo. You aren't in control of that right now; panic is. You have to have a way to go forward anyway. If you wait until you are guaranteed to not poo, you will be trapped forever.
This is only one suggestion on what to do about the driving. I'm sure other specialists can give you a few others. But this one is a valid one. You won't have to wear the diapers forever, just while you are in "training".


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