Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Panic Problems with IBS
    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?
    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".

    Featuring Experts

    Reid Wilson, PhD is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books translated into nine languages. He is author of Don...More

    Helpful Tips

    Successfully beat Effexor withdrawal - Here is how I did it:
    This is a Success Story and Instructions on Beating Effexor Withdrawal. I spent hours reading these forums and found that there were many, ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    14 of 14 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.