Chat Now!   Member Gallery   Anxiety Zone Wire   Games   Social Groups   AZ Member Blogs   Health News  Bored?

Author Topic: Pure-o obsession with breathing  (Read 858 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Godfrey

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 169
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Male
    • Poke This Member
Pure-o obsession with breathing
« on: March 25, 2013, 12:45:46 AM »
Just now realized this is related to my old 'pure-o'. XP

For the past few days I can't stop obsessing over my breathing!  Usually starting around 7:00 in the evening but sometimes throughout the day as well, I'll invariably start to obsess over my breathing and fear of hyperventilating and passing out.  I'll try to lay back and take slow, infrequent breathes from my diaphram, but sometimes I'll freak out about THAT ("am i breathing out too much carbon dioxide anyway? Am I  not breathing enough?") I tend to try and compensate by trying to take long pauses between breathes. But inevitably I seem to hyperventilate at some point during the night, sometimes earlier, and it inevitably goes on for a while and I start to freak out and worry that I'll pass out.  I never have. I keep having bouts of suddenly catching myself inhaling too deeply and quickly or blowing out too hard.

I'm frankly frustrated. I thought I'd densesitized myself to this stuff two years ago. I know fainting won't hurt me. I know my breathing is better handled subconsciously.  Yet it's still suddenly bugging me Oo
Bookmark and Share
The world is only awful when you believe it to be.

When I stopped fearing panic attacks, I never had another.  When I stopped fearing shaking, I stopped.  When I stop fearing the IBS symptoms, I no longer had IBS symptoms.  When I stopped fearing changes to my heartbeat, my heartbeat became normal.

Offline Cheesus

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 627
  • Country: gb
  • Rec's: 32
  • Gender: Male
  • Ha-Hum
    • Poke This Member
Re: Pure-o obsession with breathing
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2013, 03:42:39 PM »
When I had really bad anxiety my dad told me the following story:

Quote
One night when I was under a lot of stress I woke up in the middle of the night and felt like I couldn't breath. I rang NHS Direct and a nurse spoke to me for a while and asked me some questions. After about 5 minutes on the phone she asked me 'as you still breathing?'

Clearly, after 5 minutes of talking, he was still breathing. The point of this story is to demonstrate that the anxious mind interprets signals from the body, especially something as essential as breathing, in an over-sensitive manner. You know that logically there is nothing wrong with your breath, however you mind is telling you that there is. I think to help you overcome this, as with all obsessional traits, you need to observe the breath and the ensuing panic without actively trying to do anything about it. That will essentially demonstrate to your brain that there is not a danger to be had in your breathing, and that it should take the little red 'danger' flag off the top of any changes in the breath.
Bookmark and Share
You can't calm the waves, but you can learn to surf!

Basis of Recovery
Intrusive Thoughts
A Philosophy of Anxiety

Offline Godfrey

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 169
  • Rec's: 1
  • Gender: Male
    • Poke This Member
Re: Pure-o obsession with breathing
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2013, 07:39:12 PM »
Thanks for the advice, I think it really helped!  I've been feeling much calmer today, for the most part; last night and this morning I found myself actively talking myself through my symptoms and accepting them, and it worked tonight and this morning.

So of course I ironically ended up worrying that I was getting TOO MUCH AIR as of a few minutes ago.  XD!  I've been breathing very easily today in comparison, but I'm getting air bubbles in my throat and mouth, mostly the latter.  Is this normal?  I admit I've been drinking a ton of water and not eating as much as I usually do, and I used to drink caffeine until my symptoms started.  Is this related?  Does it mean I'm still hyperventilating or is it all in my head and safely ignored?  XD!

Bookmark and Share
The world is only awful when you believe it to be.

When I stopped fearing panic attacks, I never had another.  When I stopped fearing shaking, I stopped.  When I stop fearing the IBS symptoms, I no longer had IBS symptoms.  When I stopped fearing changes to my heartbeat, my heartbeat became normal.

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
11 Replies
11402 Views
Last post April 28, 2012, 07:25:48 AM
by Cheesus
8 Replies
4539 Views
Last post December 10, 2013, 01:08:35 PM
by Babygirl51342
1 Replies
1388 Views
Last post September 24, 2011, 11:19:27 PM
by anothereveryman
1 Replies
2607 Views
Last post January 28, 2012, 10:23:49 AM
by blacksheep
25 Replies
9401 Views
Last post October 01, 2013, 09:02:34 PM
by Calamy
4 Replies
629 Views
Last post October 13, 2013, 06:50:56 PM
by OCme