Depression: Depression & Related Conditions

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Swallowing fear

Dear Dr. Schwartz I have a terrible sense of fear when I am eating or even drinking. I feel as if my body will stop me from swallowing part way through and I will choke or drown. I am 44 now and have had this complaint since I was 17. It's terrifying but now I beginning to feel as though it is robbing me of my life. There are even times when I struggle to swallow my own saliva. It's as if I think I'm going to swallow my tongue or something. Please help! I don't ever remember having a bad choking experience.

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