I appreciate no ones written here for a while but I thought I'd update it as I'm going through the dreaded "conscious breathing" malarky. I've never experienced anything like this before in my life and it's truly a very disturbing thing to go through. When you try to describe it to people, I think it's very hard for them to understand what it's like unless they've been through it themselves.
I just wanted to say a BIG FAT THANK YOU to Groovy, Ocme, Linda and all the others here who have written about their experience of going through it and have provided me with such a fantastic resource of knowing what to do to get through this.
My story is that last week I had a panic attack where I felt that I couldn't breath and ever since I've been consistently monitoring my breathing. It's an annoying condition as sometimes I feel like it's gone completely (usually when I'm distracted with something) but then as soon as I feel back to myself again, I "check" to see if it really has gone and then BAM it comes back to me again.
If anyone is currently experiencing this horrible condition I'd suggest to read over this thread. Do it more than once. Do it enough times until you properly understand what you have to do. One of the most annoying things about this condition is that it makes things harder to focus on, so much so that you simply give up and resign yourself to this condition.
Most of all try to be positive. It's easy to sit and cry about how hard life is and how you'll never be the same again but this freakin makes the condition even worse so DON'T THINK ABOUT IT. Easier said than done I know but we have to at least believe everything will be better again. I think the best thing is that other people on this thread have experienced EXACTLY what we're feeling but have gone on to live healthy lives again.
Okay so I've had a bit of a ramble and not really produced anything that helpful, but I really just wanted to say a big thumbs up to Ocme and Groovy especially as you've made a somewhat very scary condition into something manageable and something with hope. Yay :)
PS. AbnormallyAnxious I hope you've got through this - if you did everyone reading this would be soooo happy haha (especially the people who like me who are thinking what if I have it for a year????
). But if not hang in there because you'll definitely get through it!
PPS. This condition should really be made more public. It's horrible and everyone should know how amazingly brave we're all being by getting on with our lives while dealing with this. People take their non-OCD/anxious mindset far too much for granted. If they had to go through half an hour of what we've been consistently dealing with we'd be awarded medals