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Yes, it is best to stop these actions
My fear is like for instance holding the steering wheel repeatedly if I stop and pull away it will affect my heart but is that false and is the heart function separate from the physical action of holding the wheel?
It cannot affect your heart
By stopping the holding of it?
The function is separate
No, it will never affect your heart
So it was best I pulled away and stopped holding the steering wheel?
Yes, it was best to do that, but it cannot affect your heart
My heart is beating fast from anxiety during these episodes but it is still better to stop the actions
yes, it is better to stop
the compulsive staring at inanimate objects like a water cooler or piece of tape on the window is very hard to break free from staring is there someway to ignore them so as not to keep staring obsessively at them or other objects?
You should focus on something else
and not look back at the item I was staring at?
Yes, that is correct
this has no effect on the heart function either?
No effect on the heart
should I focus on something in the opposite direction of what I am staring at?
Yes, that would help
as far as the steering wheel goes is it best just to touch it once and let it go and not keep touching it?
yes, that is correct
and just keep telling myself the heart is not effected by any of these actions both physcial and visual?
anything else that you would suggest I do to stop these behaviors?
No, there is nothing else I recommend
just plain stopping them right and not repeating?
Yes, that is enough
thank you Dr Brims
so my heart is safe?
Your heart is safe
Have a good evening
Same to you
Just to follow up today I over exerted myself carrying heavy bags of garbage to the dumpster then going back upstairs. When I sat on the couch my heart was beating fast then as I paid attention to it I could not feel it beating as fast. Listening to the heart cannot influence how it beats because we cannot control our hearts? Am I safe from this?
Thank you Dr Brims so even if the heart did not sound to beat as hard that is just normal functioning of the heart and nothing to worry? It seemed when I started to listen to it beating harder I got worried and paniced a little so there is no way to change the beating?
Thank you Dr Brims so my heart was acting naturally by not beating as hard once I sat down for a few minutes?
Yes, it was acting naturally
Thank you Dr Brims so I should not worry about heart beating like that? Does it regulate back to normal after exertion like I experienced?
Thank you for all your help Dr Brims I am really having a hard time dealing with the anxiety the last few days. If I break away staring at a water cooler for example in my work station then walk away that is totally safe and has no effect on the heart since vision and heart functions are separate?
Dr Brims I have been having very bad anxiety last few days. Is the heart safe if you walk out of a room after looking at either a clock or the brand name on the tv by hyperfocusing on them? My heart feels like it races when that happens that does not mean I am having heart trouble and is vision still separate from heart functions in these cases as well?