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Sjanty1985

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Hello,

I am Chantal from The Netherlands and I have very heavy OCD from when I was like 10 years old. The last years I have serious body focused OCD (breathing, swallowing, pee-ing). The breathing focus is the very worst.

I am searching for people who also have sensomotoric/body focused OCD and the treatment you have followed for this?

Best regards
 
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lunartwilight

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Hii!

I've been struggling with sensorimotor OCD since 2014. Mine also consists of increased focus on breathing and swallowing so you can imagine I was super terrified of being in my own body. :cry:
The treatment I was given was exposure and response prevention (ERP), it sounds so unpleasant at first -- you're told you essentially accept the sensation and allow yourself to feel it until you desensitize yourself to it. It's definitely not an overnight process but I'm so happy with the progress I've made from it!
Another thing that helped me during therapy was interacting and making friends with people who were going through my struggles too.

I'm wishing you the best with your recovery! :clap:
 
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Could you try changing the way you breath as a way of getting in control of the OCD? I have OCD but not body-focused OCD so I can't totally relate...but, if I were you I would try adjusting things in the moment. For example, you could try breathing that is slow or fast, deep or shallow, long and short, with and without pauses, etc.
 
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morty2

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With my OCD im very focussedon breathing but breathe a lot hyperventilating if you know what i mean. i think meds have helped this(propranolol), but i think i need to go to breathing or relaxation classes as i dont think i breathe properly or deeply enough. Probably comes with anxiety and not even realizing this is happening.
 
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