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Old 06-09-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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fatcatdogbog HB User
panic over swallowing

i have had panic attacks in a variety of forms for over 20 years and different symptoms seem to circle around and become worse, then better etc. one of my symptoms is being afraid i wont be able to swallow. im not afraid of choking or getting anything stuck in my throat, i will start thinking about how terrifying it would be if i couldnt swallow and was just stuck in that limbo state of panic trying to make my throat swallow. then i start focusing on it and its like i will start trying to swallow and it will hesitate and scare me to death, which makes me think about it even more and i just panic. it helps to have a bottle of water with me, because it helps to drink something, but sometimes i will go in somewhere and forget my water and immediately start the anticipation. the more i think about it, the worse it gets. has anyone heard of this as an anxiety symptom and any positive advise would be greatly appreciated. no horror stories please. its just so embarrasing to try to explain to people.

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Old 06-10-2009, 02:07 PM   #2
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garrett24 HB User
Re: panic over swallowing

I've heard of this and have had it many times. It's terrifying and irrational, but to those of us who have experienced it, it is very real. If you want it to go away then you will need to learn how to live with it. By that I mean you need to accept the worse case scenario, that you will be unable to swallow, and realize that you are strong enough to adapt to a life without swallowing. In all likelihood simply having the confidence that you can deal with the worst case scenario will be sufficient to ward off any panic that might arise. I know it sounds like a mind game, but really panic only takes hold of you if you fear something. By believing that you can deal with anything that life throws at you, fear and anxiety becomes much less impactful. It takes a lot of work to build this confidence, but I promise you that if you are successful you're panic will slowly disappear.

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