Breathing Techniques?

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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/3/2006 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering if anyone can tell me about breathing techniques or direct me to a site where I can learn how to do them?  Or email them to me?
 
I'm learning that when I have a panic attack I tend to hardly breathe at all.  I don't hypervenalate, I hold my breathe and become severely dizzy without even realizing it.
 
I need to know how to breathe appropriately as I had a severe panic attack this morning and could hardly breathe, and thought I was going to faint.  (happened while I was driving my sister to work this morning)
 
Has anyone had this instead of the rapid breathing/hyperventalation?
 
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MsKittie
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   Posted 11/3/2006 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Twiggy

I'm sorry to hear you are having to go thrw this hun.

The best way they help me is to take a deep breath thru my nose till my belly pooches and hold it for about 2 seconds and let the air out my mouth slowly. I do this for about 10 minutes and I practice it often even when I'm not having an attack. At first I would get light headed but I have done them long enough now it don't anymore.

I hope this helps you out hun if not someone will be along shortly to help you more. Hugs hope you feeling better soon.


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jordaNZone
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   Posted 11/3/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have found tha the site www.pe2000.com/ is very helpful for anxiety and breathing control.
Hope this helps.

Maree

hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 11/3/2006 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Twiggy - whenever you have 10 minutes or longer for YOU, do this breathing exercise. Lying down, hand on top of your stomach. 1) breath in to the count of 8 (tummy pooches out - that's breathing from your abdomen) 2) HOLD for count of 7 3) put your tongue against your upper teeth and blow - count 8. REPEAT. Also, on the exhale, consiously relax your shoulders and back - like you are gently pushing them into the carpet. I don't get panic attacks but had a friend who would look at her watch or a wall clock - focus on it and BREATH. Hope this helps.
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 11/4/2006 12:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks yall for replying... I appreciate it so much as I have heard about breathing techniques but had no clue how to do them.

Twiggygal~
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

DX: Panic Disorder, Depression, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
 
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
 



harry4
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   Posted 11/4/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
dont stop breathing during a panic as this can trigger the false suffocation alarm, making the panic worse
 
the best breathing is deep and slow, with the muscles relaxed, empty the lungs as much as you can, then fill them right up with air, the chest and stomach both go out and come in together, best to breathe thru the nose
 
keep relaxing the muscles, dont tense up or fight back
accept what is happening and allow time to pass
 
long term anxiety sufferers often have poor chest expansion, due to cronic muscle tension, ask doc to check your chest expansion nono
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional


Marleau
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   Posted 11/7/2006 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to thank you for having a thread regarding the breathing techniques. I really need them and didn't know how to do them. Came across this thread and now I think I got it. Just wanted to says thanks. This forum is great!
 
Marleau........to put up your own thread for a specific question go to "New Topic"
then put in your question ( just an idea of the topic )......then you have the whole page to ask away sometimes it is better if you have a few questions to post them all in one thread so they can all be answered at same time...........
So Happy you have found us here at HW and you shall see the support care luv and concern for one another ..........I hope this helps any more questions please eamil me or ask anyone I am sure you wil get your answers .........WELCOME aboard
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Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 11/7/2006 12:58:43 PM (GMT-7)


MsKittie
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   Posted 11/7/2006 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marleau
 
Happy we could help. Anytime you have a question please post it and as you can see there are pleanty of careing members here at HW ready to help. Hope to see you soon.
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bluemeanies
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   Posted 11/7/2006 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently bought The Breathing Box, I think it is by Gaye Hendricks. You can get it on ebay or elsewhere. It teaches you how to breath through your stomach not your chest. It is a four week course and I am just starting it. I pretty much stop breathing during an attack so I am hoping this helps.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/7/2006 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I too do the breathing tech same way or just about as Hopeful posted.........also check the resources in yellow for this book as it also helps to fund HW ......it prolly in there as well hun okay resources are a great place to check out everything ............Lyn


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Marleau
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   Posted 11/9/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi EVERYONE! Just wanted to drop a line and say a big THANKS to all the replies about the breathing techniques. I have been using them EVERY day now. Makes me realize how often I have anxiety though, but nonetheless a great technique! By the way Harry4, what you were saying about chest expansion is soo true. My anxiety attacks would get worse sometimes because I couldnt' get deep with my breaths sometimes and it would make my attacks way worse. Like getting dizzy and feeling faint and all that fun stuff. Not to mention thinking this is it.... I can't breathe and I'm not going to survive this one. I just wish this stuff would go away. I feel like I'm losing control of my being able to control my breathing and stuff. I'm not the person I use to be. But all in good time I suppose. Well, anywho thanks again for this forum, I don't feel like I'm the only one dealing with this anymore. By the way, the www.pe2000.com web site is GREAT! Really helpful with anxiety and breathing.... thanks for the site jordaNzone.
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