I keep getting the urge to take deep breaths and tense my muscles. When I take these deep breaths it feels like the air isn't going all the way into my lungs, it isn't always a satisfying breath, however if I don't take the deep breath I will have a nagging feeling that just keeps getting worse and worse until I take the breath. It's the same with the muscle tensing. It isn't involuntary muscle tensing, I can control it and supress it for a brief period of time, but eventually it gets too uncomfortable and I have to tense my muscles to feel comfortable. It is mainly my stomach muscles, the back of my ankle muscles and my wrist muscles. Another thing is that I have to flick my fingernails with my thumbs. This is the same as the muscle thing and the breathing thing in that if I don't do it, I feel uncomfortable. The only difference is I have to do this in a specific way. If i miss out a finger I have to go back and do it again. I can't seem to find out what it is, it has been going away and coming back since I was little (around 6-7) and i'm 18 now. It is incredibly annoying and I'm desperate to know what I can do to fix it.
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replied November 27th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
These symptoms are consistent with behavioural disorder. You would need psychotherapy sessions.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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