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Prometheus18
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04 Dec 2018, 7:28 am

Do any of you ever find yourselves so absorbed in what you're doing that you notice, after thirty seconds or so, that you haven't been breathing? If so, is it an autistic thing, or does it happen to everybody?



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04 Dec 2018, 7:52 am

I forgot to breathe and I died.


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04 Dec 2018, 7:58 am

Along with blinking, steady heart rate, my nose being in the center of my view all the time, tends to go unnoticed many a time.



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04 Dec 2018, 8:14 am

My therapist suggests it's anxiety; it frequently happens when I'm driving a car.



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04 Dec 2018, 8:50 am

One doesn’t usually “forget” to breathe.

One only seems to consciously feel he/she “forgets” to breathe.

Respiration is usually an involuntary, necessary action, though apnea can occur.



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04 Dec 2018, 5:11 pm

Prometheus18 wrote:
Do any of you ever find yourselves so absorbed in what you're doing that you notice, after thirty seconds or so, that you haven't been breathing? If so, is it an autistic thing, or does it happen to everybody?


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Are you putting us all on?
Is this a deliberate spoof of those recent "do you ever forget to eat" threads?

Or do you actually experience what you have described here?

Breathing is an unconscious reflex.



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04 Dec 2018, 5:20 pm

It's probably not that you've forgotten to breathe altogether, but you've been doing shallow breathing and it feels like you haven't breathed.
I'm sometimes guilty of this.


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04 Dec 2018, 5:29 pm

I think maybe you mean what is sometimes described as unconsciously holding your breath? Yes I do this. It happens if I’m very intent on something or maybe very scared. I think it’s normal, provided you become aware before passing out!



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04 Dec 2018, 5:48 pm

I do this ^


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04 Dec 2018, 6:14 pm

I wish I could forget how to breathe permanently.


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04 Dec 2018, 6:19 pm

Feeling crap ?


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04 Dec 2018, 6:40 pm

when i get very absorbed into what i'm doing, my breathing will usually, unconsciously, become very shallow and infrequent until it reaches a point where i have to stop, and pant to catch my breath


this usually scares the people around me and draws concerned stares.


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04 Dec 2018, 6:41 pm

I think most people here have misunderstood me. What I meant was this:

Oakling wrote:
I think maybe you mean what is sometimes described as unconsciously holding your breath? Yes I do this. It happens if I’m very intent on something or maybe very scared. I think it’s normal, provided you become aware before passing out!


Or perhaps this:

Raleigh wrote:
It's probably not that you've forgotten to breathe altogether, but you've been doing shallow breathing and it feels like you haven't breathed.
I'm sometimes guilty of this.



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04 Dec 2018, 7:34 pm

It is often described as a stim


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04 Dec 2018, 8:51 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
One doesn’t usually “forget” to breathe.

One only seems to consciously feel he/she “forgets” to breathe.

Respiration is usually an involuntary, necessary action, though apnea can occur.

I have central sleep apnea. It is neurological and is described as the brain forgetting to breath. I have to use a machine at night. But I find myself during the day feeling short of breath and gasp for air. I’m not sure what this new development is about.