Psychological conditions associated with Toilet Anxiety

Below are some of the psychological conditions most commonly associated with toilet anxiety.

Social phobia

Social phobia (or social anxiety disorder) involves a fear of social situations, particularly those that include social interaction (e.g., small talk) or performance (e.g., a presentation or speech). Individuals with social phobia have an intense fear of being observed, judged, scrutinized, or criticized by others, and this fear often leads to the avoidance of social situations.


Depression involves a severely depressed mood for more than two weeks. Individuals with depression may also experience a lack of interest in usual activities, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, weight loss, lack of energy, and difficulty concentrating.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves the experience of unwanted obsessions (i.e. recurrent thoughts or images) or compulsions (i.e., repetitive rituals or behaviours). Individuals with OCD commonly experience compulsive behaviour around cleanliness, checking, counting, and safety concerns.


Agoraphobia is the fear of being in places from which escape may be difficult. Individuals with agoraphobia may be afraid to leave environments that they feel safe in, for concerns of triggering anxiety or a panic attack. As a result, agoraphobia can prevent people from leaving their own home for years.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder refers to the recurring experience of panic attacks. A panic attack is a brief episode of sudden and intense anxiety, that is associated with sweating, increased heart rate, chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, and fear of dying. Individuals with panic disorder may avoid certain situations out of fear of experiencing a panic attack.

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