Great tips from TV, I have been diagnosed with HA and OCD too, I don't fear death or diseases but I have a weird phobia of not being able to breathe. I always think that I will get breathing problems if I get any disease and then I would struggle for breathe. Any advise on how to get over this phobia?
Do you have any legitimate breathing problems that you need any sort of assistance for? If you do, then do whatever your doctor tells you to do to manage that, and then don't obsess about it or research it anymore than that.
If you are perfectly fine and you are just afraid of a hypothetical situation in which you feel you won't be able to breathe, then there's not much else to do except to not do things to react to that fear. Like if you spend time googling which diseases cause breathing problems and do things to try and prevent those diseases specifically, you should stop googling and stop trying to do things to prevent that situation from occurring. If it ever happens, deal with it then, but OCD will make you think you need to live your life around a future problem, which is why it is a disorder. Don't give into it.
If you just have a general fear of breathing troubles, identify things you might be doing in your daily life to alleviate that fear or try and reassure yourself that you're going to be okay. It might even just be compulsive thinking where you feel like you need to come up with good solutions to avoid breathing problems all the time. This is a compulsive behavior to avoid.
Your phobia/anxiety about certain problems will likely create sensations related to that problem, so if you feel like its hard to breathe, it might just be anxiety feeling heavy on you. In fact, my breathing feels heavy and shallow right now just kinda typing these things, but being a recovering hypochondriac will do that to ya :)
Oh, once I take the picture and get out the door, I look at it once...if that. And that's really all I need. Sometimes I don't even look at the picture! That of course, was before the meds kicked in.
Of course, if I'm having an OCD day, then I will take a photo ...look at it once...and that's that.
That's good to hear that it's not so invasive in your life. How would your OCD feel if you never took a picture though? Would it aggravate it?
I feel like on days OCD is especially strong, it's especially good not to give into compulsions as best as you can. Maybe a little bit of the fear persists because you engage in safety behaviors like taking a picture of the stove. Maybe just even knowing you have it is reassuring to OCD.
I don't know for sure, maybe it's not a big deal to you at all. It's entirely up to you whether that's something you want to explore!
Tunnelvisionary... Great posts! How long have you had anxiety?
Thanks very much! I have had OCD-like symptoms about certain specific things since I was a freshman in high school. It was bad, but then I chilled out a little for a few years, but I was still generally really anxious. In college, it started to get really bad. Eventually I died a lot of crazy restrictive diets and that was probably the lowest point in my life. But then, I found out I had developed a full blown eating disorder, and then a year in recovery from that, I found out that I have general OCD too.
So i've been living with anxiety disorders for quite a few years, but they were only detrimental to my entire life in the past 2 years. I developed full blown mental illness and I just could not function properly at all. It was bad. I'm working every day to recover, but there have been a lot of setbacks, and only recently have I begun to acknowledge HA has had a huge effect on me as well.
Began recovery last January, and work at it every day, but have had a lot of major setbacks as well, unfortunately. Getting past a setback right now. But all in all, i'm thankful for the progress i've made and continue to experience many benefits each day, even bad days.