BREATHING PROBLEMS

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noelygirl
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 6/6/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had anxiety all my life.  I go in cycles.  I have had a return lately of my "over breathing"  It is not one hyperventilation, but I feel like someone is sitting on my chest and I can't get air.  It is continuous day to day for over a week and it makes me tired and "giddy".  I can't seem to stop it, but I sleep fine and breath fine while I'm sleeping  I wake up feeling good and as I progress into day, the "over breathing" continues.  I take Celexa and have Ativan.  I took an Ativan this a.m., but still feel I'm not breathing right.  Has anyone else had this or can give me some tips on how they got over it.  In the past I feel it has just gone away on its own, but it is so frustrating and pre-occupies you.  I don't even know one incident that set this off.  I can be reading and then thinking I can't breath and that can kick it in.  Any help would be appreciated.   I'm miserable.
 
 

hunniebee
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 6/6/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
HI noelygirl~ I used to have this problem when my anxiety and panic problems first started. I think its mind over matter. You said that you can be reading and think you cant breath and then it starts. You are too aware of your breathing, and trust me its very hard to train your brain not to think this way anymore. But you can do it. First let me say that, you will not stop breathing its an involuntary act. Your body will force you to breath. Even if you were to pass out. So just remember that. Secondly, when you get these thoughts that you cant breath or its hard to breath..do something else. Get up and go outside, cook, call someone, read, get online...anything that will get your mind away from being so aware of your breathing. Im sure there are other people on here that can give you useful tip too, so just read them and try different techniques to see which ones help you. God Bless hun!
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noelygirl
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 60
   Posted 6/6/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I'm working on it. I find myself doing it involuntarily. I can be talking to some oneo and breathing hard, and they don't even notice it. Almost like a habit I need to break.

harry4
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1449
   Posted 6/6/2007 6:16 PM (GMT -6)   

I suggest you read up about the effects of hyperventilation on the net

the meds should help calm you

do try to ignore your body, dont check or monitor your breathing


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