Ask Poopreport: How Do I Combat Poop Anxiety At School?

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I am a high school student, and most days I go to school and find that I have the urge to poop throughout the entire day. It is the most uncomfortable feeling I have ever had and I just want it to go away.

Lately (like today) I have been going to public places and it happens there too. I went out to eat for lunch with my parents and my sister today and couldn't control my poop urge, and I ended up going to the bathroom. I don't want to tell anyone about this because it is so embarrassing and is too much for me to take (as a teenager/child).

This hasn't happened at all in earlier school years, but only started this year. On the first day of school I had the feeling all day and eventually ended up going to the bathroom at school! No one suspected anything but I just want to cry when this happens because I just feel like there isn't anything that I can do and there isn't anywhere that I can go.

I have a feeling that I am going to have to tell my mom sooner or later, but I refuse to see a therapist. Is this anxiety or a psychological issue? Does anxiety medication help this, because if it does then I will tell my mom and I will have to go to the doctor. I just want this issue to go away because I can't take it anymore.

If anyone knows what to do please tell me. I don't know what else to do. I am desperate.

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11 Comments on "Ask Poopreport: How Do I Combat Poop Anxiety At School?"

Anonymous's picture
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I don't know a solution, but I feel your pain. I would usually get the feeling 30 minutes after lunch, and I would stick it out, even if I was sweating, shaking, and very sick by the time I got home. Wasn't so bad when my mom picked me up, but when I started riding the bus it became an issue, but luckily I had very good control over my bowels.

C Everett Poop's picture
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When you have to twist one, just go twist it and be done with it. Nothing to be embarrassed about. Be proud of it. Come back to class and tell everyone "the seat is all warmed up if anyone wants to go next". They will respect you for having the sack to man up. Trust me.

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I'm with C. Everett, if you have to poop at school, just go rock your deuce. Be proud of it. As a former shameful shitter, it will only get worse until you get comfortable with the fact that poop is a part of life, everyone does it. Anxiety only makes things more uncomfortable. If you have to go at school just do it, because holding your poop is bad for your health. If the urge seems to be associated with some sort of fear with attending school or going out in out in public, however, I highly recommend you talk your mom or a trusted adult about it so that you can work on some healthy coping strategies. That way you can feel comfortable with your urge to poop, and safely work through any issues you may have that are associated with pooping in public.

This here's Little Brittle and the C-bag. And he's kickin' it, elderly school.

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C Everett has mentioned on other posts that he is a doctor so you should totally trust him and heed his advice.

I am not a doctor but for some reason I feel sure that all your classmates occasionally pinch a loaf. Ask around and find out.

The only man in recent years who made it through life without defiling his anus with poop smears was North Korea's Kim Jong Il, his son Kim Jong Un probably shits because his name sounds like he is trying to strain one out...Un!

How long a minute is depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on!

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Can I ask what exactly makes you nervous about pooping in public? Are you afraid someone will walk in and know you are pooping? [No one will know it's you if you're in the stall] Or will smell it? [everyone's poop smells]

Why do you refuse to see a therapist? There is definitely a psychological/anxiety issue here. Medication won't help the reason WHY you are getting anxious about pooping, but a therapist will.

As a shameful shitter myself, I understand the feeling of not wanting to go in a public toilet. I suggest you try taking "ninja-poops". Try to find a quieter bathroom in school whenever you get the urge, and get in and out of there as quickly as possible. If someone does walk in, wait until they go into another stall before you leave. This may not really help the anxiety, but baby steps will help you get more comfortable using a public toilet.

Anonymous's picture
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everything is going to be okay

Anonymous's picture
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I understand your pain! I am in school and I want to poop everyday. I usually hold it until I go home but that's definitely unhealthy. I hate pooping in school. It is embarrassing for others to know, especially you have hard poop and spend 30 min on it and come back, and the others will discover I just pooped. The restrooms are dirty too! Who wants to sit on the toilet seat that the mice have sat on already?

Anonymous's picture
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I am still a shameful shitter. Mine is so bad I wont go if anyone is at my house. I mean like family members too. I don't know why, but I'm super embarrassed. It takes me like fifteen minutes.

Anonymous's picture
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I have the same problem it started off on the first day of school too but when I go I can't poop but I always get the urge. I missed a lot of school because of this.

Anonymous's picture
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I have to go every morning right when I get to school. I try to go the night before. I've even tried waking up at 6, leaving me 2 hours to go, but no matter what on my drive I get the urge and I just walk in to school go to the bathroom take my dump and if anyone says anything it doesn't matter cause EVERYONE POOPS.

Anonymous's picture
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We have the same problem. I missed a lot of school days because of this
and I can't join any field trips.
I can't go anywhere besides my house
because when I'm in my house I don't feel it. I only feel it in school and public places.