Urgent or Frequent Urination Anxiety Symptoms
Urgent or frequent urination anxiety symptoms description:
Common urgent and frequent urination anxiety symptoms descriptions include:
- You feel a sudden urge to urinate.
- You feel you need to urinate even though you just urinated.
- Out of nowhere, you have an urgency to urinate.
- You are urinating more frequently than normal.
- It seems you are always having to urinate, even though you just did a short time ago.
- Even though you may have just gone to the washroom, you suddenly have an urgency to urinate again.
- This symptom is often described as urgent urination, urgency to urinate, and/or sudden urge to urinate (pee).
- You feel you need to urinate, but when you do, you produce little or no results.
- You experience a sudden feeling in your lower abdomen like you have to pee.
- Even though you haven’t consumed an unusual amount of liquids, you have a sudden urge to urinate.
- Even though you haven't consumed fluids, you have to pee again, or pee frequently.
- It seems like your body is getting rid of a lot of fluids, and much more than normal.
This urgent or frequent urination symptom can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel a sudden urge to urinate once and a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
This urgent or frequent urination symptom may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
This urgent or frequent urination symptom can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
This urgent or frequent urination symptom can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
This urgent or frequent urination symptom can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
This urgent or frequent urination can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
This urgent or frequent urination symptom is often seem more disconcerting and bothersome when undistracted, when trying to rest and relax, or when trying to go to sleep.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the anxiety symptom urgent urination?
Behaving anxiously activates the stress response. The stress response immediately causes specific physiological, psychological, and emotional changes in the body that enhance the body's ability to deal with a threat - to either fight with or flee from it - which is the reason the stress response is often referred to as the fight or flight response.
Part of the stress response changes include causing the body to eliminate waste so that we don't have to stop and use the washroom when in the midst of fighting with or fleeing from danger. Having an urgency to urinate is an example of this. This is why many people who are anxious or nervous have a sudden urge to pee.
Moreover, a part of the stress responses changes also cause the body's metabolism to increase, which can cause the body to process fluids more quickly than normal.
So, an active stress response can cause a feeling of urgent or frequent urination, but so can persistently elevated stress.
For example, when stress responses occur infrequently, the body can recover relatively quickly from the physiological, psychological, and emotional changes the stress response brings about. Even though we might experience a feeling of urgent urination when the stress response has become activated, this urge generally subsides when the active stress response ends.
When stress responses occur too frequently and/or dramatically, however, the body has a more difficult time recovering, which can cause the body to remain in a state of semi stress-response readiness (stress-response hyperstimulation, since stress hormones are stimulants). A body that becomes hyperstimulated (overly stressed) can exhibit similar symptoms to that of an active stress response. Having persistent urgent urination symptoms and/or frequent unrination are examples of how the body can behave when it has become overly stressed.
How to get rid of the urgent of frequent urination anxiety symptoms?
When this urgent or frequent urination feeling is caused by apprehensive behavior and the accompanying stress response changes, calming yourself down will bring an end to the stress response and its changes. As your body recovers from the active stress response, this urgent or frequent urination feeling should subside and you should return to your normal self. Keep in mind that it can take up to 20 minutes or more for the body to recover from a major stress response. But this is normal and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
When this urgent of frequent urination feeling is caused by persistently elevated stress, it may take a lot more time for the body to recover and to the point where this symptom is eliminated.
Nevertheless, when the body has fully recovered from its hyperstimulated state, this urgent or frequent urination symptom will completely subside. Therefore, this urgent or frequent urination symptom needn’t be a cause for concern.
You can speed up the recovery process by reducing your stress, practicing relaxed breathing, increasing your rest and relaxation, and not worrying about this feeling. Sure, it can be unsettling and even bothersome. But again, when your body has recovered from the stress response and/or sustained stress, this urgent or frequent urination symptom will completely disappear.
For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms including this one, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2015.