Voluntary Breathing.......Anxiety?

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Nomore
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2007 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone, I am a new member to this forum and find it to be very helpful. I am 18 years old and have suffered from panic disorder for several years. I had gone through CBT a couple years ago with pretty good success, although I still felt anxious too much of the time! Recetly, I had a major setback, as I was having constant panic attacks in school and even at home. I finally decided to go the medication route and in the 3 months since i have been on the meds, i have found excellent success. I currently take Zoloft 100 mg and Xanax (.25) on an as needed basis. My problem is, although my anxiety has improved a tremendous amount in the last 3 months, I commonly get this feeling that I have to force myself to breathe. It has gotten alot better on the meds as it is no longer a Constant feeling, but it is still there occasionally nonetheless. Is there anything else I can do to help this feeling/sensation go away?

MsKittie
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   Posted 1/15/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Nomore
 
Welcome to HW were so happy you have joined us here. I'm so sorry you are having to go thru this but your not alone. You will find lots of us going thru the same things you are. I and on meds and see counseling for my anxiety, panic and depression. I have found a lot of help in deep breathing tecniques and talking to my body to realx myself.  Long hot bath help me a lot too. I hope your doing better soon and please keep posting here so we know how your doing. There will be other along soon that can give you more advice. Again Welcome to HW.
(((HUGS)))
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harry4
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   Posted 1/15/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
this feeling of the need to consciously take each breath is fairly common for anxiety suffers, but obviously we still breathe automatically when asleep, so dont worry
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
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Nomore
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/15/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks alot MsKittie and Harry for responding to my question. It is comforting to know that I am not the only one who feels the way that I do.
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