focused on my breathing...

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Hiya, I just want to clarify something..lately i've been focusing on my breathing, and controlling it like it's voluntary. I keep worrying so much about my breathing that it's quite hard to just simply forget about it. Is this some kind of OCD?

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    Hello wuntu

    Have you been shown, or explained coping  skills by your GP or Speialist. Are you having treatment at this time ?.

    May I ask where you live in the world


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    Hi Wuntu,

    my son was getting worried about this exact same thing the other day. I told him I had the same thing quite alot of years ago, and got over it, and so will he. He hasnt mentioned it since, - I think he feels better.

    I think its one of those sudden 'self aware' things that some people who seem particularly sensitive to this go through, often when pretty young.

    You do find ways around this. I used to be totally freaked out by panic attacks and palpitations, but now realize that they aren't actually harmful, and now I dont suffer with them.  I'm sure if I focused and got worried enough about it again, I could induce a panic attack.  You have to develop a mental swittch which just turns these negative feelings off.

    I believe Mindfulness can be very helpful with this. I am looking into this as something to help my son, and it might be good for you.

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      So how eactly did you get over it? or did you simply just forget about it? It's pretty cool that he has a parent who understands what he's going through, my parents don't haha. Anyway, thanks for the reply i appreciate it

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      I was lucky in that I had a sudden complete change in my life - a positive one - in that I was offered a job on the other side of the world, which I took and went over to live and work there.  My paranoias, and worries about other health issues disappeared totally.  I did suffer from very bad IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome as well, and had tried alot of conventional and alternative therapies for it.

      My new life was so engaging that I found I could anything at all - including stuff which used to be guarenteed to upset my stomach, and I was totally amazed.  It seems alot of these ailments are caused by our mental state.

      Having found this out, I somehow managed to mentally pigeon hole my health worries for a long time. Ironically, and very annoyingly - the IBS has come back quite recently, and can be really unpleasant, but I know that it has been caused by stress - which I've had alot of recently. I just need to get through it and do positive things - get out and about - get an interest which is really absorbing.  With a bit of luck, it can be dealt with without intervention.

      I have also tried hypnotherapy, and even self hypnosis techniques, which have been quite helpful.

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