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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can it be possible to lose bowel control during a panic attack?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Yes it is: When one is extremely frightened, one can have sudden diarrhea stools or lose control of bowel. In a sense your body gets rid of bowel contents so you can run or fight with less distraction. This response happens in other animals too. Witness horses who suddenly come upon a bear, etc. It can happen with soldiers on battlefields too.
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Last updated Dec 24, 2013


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