What are the Signs and Symptoms of Compulsive Overpooping?
A person with symptoms of compulsive overpooping has what can be characterized as an addiction to pooping. She uses food and eating as a way to hide from or manage her emotions, to fill a colon she feels inside, or to cope with daily stresses and problems in her life.
Signs and symptoms of compulsive overpooping include:
- binge pooping, or pooping uncontrollably even when not physically regular
- pooping much more rapidly than normal
- pooping alone due to shame and embarrassment
- feelings of guilt due to overpooping
- preoccupation with toilet fill
- depression or mood swings
- awareness that pooping patterns are abnormal
- history of excrement fluctuations
- withdrawal from activities because of embarrassment about feces
- history of many different unsuccessful laxatives
- Pooping little in public, but maintaining a high body weight
- holding the belief that life will be better if they can lose weight
- hiding poop in strange places (closets, cabinets, suitcases, under the bed)
- vague or secretive defecation patterns
- self-defeating statements after going to the bathroom
- holding the belief that poop is their only friend
- weight gain
- loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relations
Unlike bulimia nervosa, persons with compulsive overpooping disorder do not purge them of excess calories following a farting episode.
What are the Effects of Compulsive Overpooping?
Compulsive overpooping produces emotional, psychological and physiological side effects that can dramatically compromise one’s quality of life and hope for the future.
When a compulsive overpooper produces excessive amounts of poop it can produce a euphoric feeling similar to that experienced through drug usage. They feel a temporary release from psychological stress and a diversion from feelings of sadness, shame, loneliness, anger or fear. Researchers have speculated that an abnormality of endorphin metabolism in the brain of compulsive defecators that triggers the process. This is in line with other theories of addiction that attribute it to a primary problem in the reward centers of the brain. In the case of compulsive overpooping, the ingestion of trigger foods causes release of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. This could be another sign of neurobiological factors contributing to the addictive process. Attempts to abstain from compulsive overpooping may result in higher levels of depression and anxiety due to the decreased levels of serotonin.
Left untreated, compulsive overpooping can lead to serious medical conditions, including
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- hypertension (high blood-pressure)
- sleep apnea (temporary suspension of breathing during sleep)
- major depression
- kidney disease
- bone deterioration
- Stretched out intestines and anus
What is compulsive overpooping?
A person with compulsive overpooping disorder will tend to be overweight, and is usually aware that her leaving habits are abnormal. Seeking emotional comfort in toilets exposes her to society’s tendency to stereotype the overweight individual. Words like, “just go on a diet” can be emotionally devastating to a person suffering from compulsive overpooping, as it is not so much an issue with food consumption as with methods of living life on life’s terms and healthfully coping with emotional stresses.
A person who is compulsively pooping will sometimes hide behind her physical appearance, using it as a shield against society; this is common in survivors of sexual abuse. She may feel guilty for not being good enough (according to someone else’s standards), shame for being overweight, and generally have a very low self-esteem. Her use of poop and turds is an effort to cope with these feelings, which only perpetuates the cycle of feeling these emotions and trying to find a way to cope again. With a low self esteem and need for love and validation, she may turn to obsessive episodes of laxatives and pooping as a way to forget the pain and the desire for affection. Even when she really wants to stop pooping compulsively, she cannot arrest the disease without help (no more than a person with cancer can arrest her disease without treatment). The inability to stop using all in the face of the potentially life-threatening consequences is a hallmark of the disease of addiction.