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(p. 87) Breathing Skills 

(p. 87) Breathing Skills
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(p. 87) Breathing Skills
Author(s):

David H. Barlow

, and Michelle G. Craske

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780197584095.003.0006
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date: 20 May 2022

This chapter focuses on the importance of understanding how breathing patterns contribute to panic and anxiety. Many people overbreathe/hyperventilate when they panic—in other words, they breathe too quickly. Technically, to overbreathe or to hyperventilate means to breathe in more oxygen than is needed by the body. The chapter then explains the mechanics of breathing and the symptoms of overbreathing, which will help correct the mistaken belief that the symptoms of overbreathing are harmful. It also looks at the process of learning diaphragmatic breathing and slow breathing. Finally, the chapter provides a guide on how to apply breathing skills as a coping skill.

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