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Hey DxdWelcome!I think it might help you to pratice some relaxation techniques so when you are in competition or other situations you find more stressful...you can begin to turn those situations into fun.. rather than stressful.Here read this Advice by our Dr. Bolen:"Relaxation Exercises and IBS"http://www.ibsgroup.org/node/516And then maybe read this one, also by our Dr Bolen, entitled "Healthy Thinking and IBS":http://www.ibsgroup.org/node/515Now you may want to bring them in to show your counsellor so they can guide you a bit with them and perhaps help you apply them to your particular situations. Do you have Diarrhea almost everyday or just when you have things you find more stressful? If it is everyday I would urge you to go ahead and use either a 1/2 imodium or a whole if you think you need it, with dinner as prevention of any morning issues. Also you can try Calcium Carbonate supplements.(See Linda's Calcium thread at the top of the Diarrhea Forum .. or click here to read it: http://www.ibsgroup.org/forums/index.php?s...t=0&start=0 )Calcium Carbonate has been known to firm up BM's.I think if you take some meds or supplements to cut down on the amount and looseness of your BMs.. you will gain some more confidence.But it sure sounds like you are fine til you go to leave your "comfort zone" (this happens to loads of IBS'ers so you are not alone) and your therapist may be the one to help you most. They can teach you how to keep good & positive thoughts going in your thinking. They can help you prempt that negative thinking which leads to the fear etc... So you can learn to teach your body to have NO response or at least not an anxious response when you leave that comfort zone. Just gonna take some practice on your part. And since you are young.. you may be able to "nail" this strategy down in real good time.The fact that you are attending these events already is really awesome! So do not minimize your accomplishments! So what you had to go a few times! You made it! And each time you have a successful outing... take the time to notice that and bask in the glow of success for a bit. With each successful outing... you will gain more and more confidence by looking at what you have already accomplished.Hold your head up and look at what you have managed already! And think.. it will only get better the more you use the coping tools that you can learn by reading here and/or with your therapist. Things will get better!All the best & keep us posted!
 
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