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I have put on about 35 pounds over the last 4 months. I have started to have difficulty taking a deep breath. Is this related to the weight gain? I also have mild O.C.D., could this be anxiety related? I didn't have this problem though when I was 35 pounds thinner.


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replied January 11th, 2010
Anxiety and Stress Answer A9060
Hello.

Weight gain is most often accompanied by increased fat content in the abdominal organs. This prevents the diaphragm to contract completely, making it difficult for you to take a deep breath.

The current problem is not primarily related to OCD, but having OCD makes you think more and more about it and get anxious.

I suggest you set some weight loss goals for the next 4-6 months to go back to the earlier weight. Once you set goals and write them down somewhere, it makes you accountable.

Regards

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