Re: trouble swallowing food b/c of panic?
I went through a phase of doing exactly this. Suddenly when I was eating I would think I was choking, or about to choke, and I would start to panic which, of course, made it all the worse. I never actually was choking, mind, I was just really scared. Now, however, I take all the precautions: I chew food properly, I don't laugh or talk whilst chewing, and I sit up properly when I eat. Also, I learnt about what to do if I really did start choking. I don't worry about it all anymore. I suppose after a while (about a month) I just thought "look, I haven't choked, I can swallow normally, why are you worrying about it?" So there you go.