Sniffing and swallowing problems

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   Posted 1/12/2007 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from severe anxiety and depression, and recently have some new symptoms to add to my list. I have begun sniffing compulsively when i feel panicky (sometimes for hours at a time), and i now have a fear of swallowing, which causes me to hack up whatever i am trying to ingest and have a full on flight or flight response. Neither of the symptoms are permanent. They come and go as they please, though they both have become increasingly more frequent and am afraid that I am developing OCD and a swallowing phobia. Does anyone else suffer from these symptoms? Any advice as to how i might manage or supress them before they spiral out of control? I would appreciate the advice. Thanks, Kimomo

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   Posted 1/12/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there Kimomolo ,

Are you having any therapy.....counselling or CBT? As this could really help to control your anxiety.

There are some great online CBT sites


Have you tried focused breathing , that might help ease your sniffing. Think about the sound of your breath as you breathe in and out. Then focus on the movement of your breathing and start to deepen the breath slowly and evenly. It might help to count in your mind.....breathe in for 3 , hold for 3 , breathe out for 3 - counting helps to distract your mind from whatever is causing the anxiety.

I hope I have helped in some way.

Take care ,

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   Posted 1/12/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   

swallowing is common from anxiety and mentioned here often

for the sniffing, try squeezing your hand instead

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   Posted 2/2/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry to here that you have these new symtoms , i started with the swallowing thing about 6 months ago , god its a pain . i fear eating in front of anyone and have to chew my food till its mush , ime having counciling . it is getting beter , but i get this when i eat on my own as wel. mine just came out ov no were . i no how you must be feeling . hang in there . do go and see someone . good luck xxxxxxxxx

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   Posted 2/2/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello kimomolo
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