Halitophobia (Delusional Halitosis)

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What is halitophobia and how to get over it

Halitophobia (also known as delusional halitosis) is the fear of having halitosis (bad breath). People who have halitophobia often worry excessively about having bad breath. They may suffer from halitosis or not at all, but usually the bad breath they have is not as bad as they believe it is.

How many people suffer from halitophobia

Most people are at least slightly concerned about how their breath smells, so it is reasonable to say that most people have halitophobia but in varying degrees. Severe halitophobia is uncommon with estimates that less than 1% of the adult population suffer from it. Halitophobia is severe when the fear of having bad breath causes social anxiety, depression, withdrawal, etc.

Dentists have estimated that up to 25% of the people who see them for professional consultation on halitosis are afflicted with halitophobia.

Causes

Emotional Trauma

Halitophobia often develops quite innocently, through a comment by someone who lets them know they have a bad breath problem. The person then becomes paranoid about their breath to the point it affects their everyday life.

Culture and Society

We are constantly bombarded with advertising that tells us we need their mouthwash, mints, chewing gum, toothbrushes, and toothpastes in order to get rid of bad breath. From this we are frequently reminded about our own breath and how others might not like it.

Difficulty of detecting your own bad breath

Although there are various methods on how to smell your own breath, it is still very difficult to do so. Not knowing for sure if ones breath smells bad at any given time fuels the anxiety of people suffering from halitophobia and can lead to OCD-like symptoms.

Stem from other condition

Halitophobia may stem from other conditions a person may have such as delusion, hypochondria and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and olfactory reference syndrome. If you have these disorders you might be more susceptible to halitophobia.

Effects

The effects of halitophobia can range from something small, like turning your head away when someone gets to close to your face, to severe effects such as depression and even suicide. Here is a list of possible effects:

How to know if you have it

If you suffer from some of the effects listed above you may suffer from halitophobia. If you know that you are concerned with your breath a lot of the time and it affects your life negatively then you suffer from it.

You may suffer from halitophobia if you go to a doctor and he or she tells you there is no problem but you still believe you have halitosis.

How to treat it

Get rid of bad breath - The most effective way of treating a fear of having bad breath, is getting rid of bad breath. Bad breath is not desirable and affects others, so instead of just trying to get rid of your fear of bad breath, it would be better to get rid of your bad breath. Halitophobia can be useful in order to give you the motivation needed to practice better oral health care. If you have fresh breath most of the time and know that, your fear of having bad breath affects you less. Having better oral health care is not simply just brushing or flossing your teeth more. If you have bad technique and brush your teeth too often or too vigorously you may do more harm then good. You need to do it right, click here to learn how.

Once you have visited the dentist and are taking care of your teeth and have good oral health care, relax, and don't let halitophobia affect you so much. Live your life, and if you do offend someone with temporary bad breath, it is not a big deal, everyone has bad breath at one time or another.

Ask others about your breath - If you know you are doing all you can to have fresh breath and still have halitophobia that affects you negatively then it might help to get opinions from others. Ask them directly if they think you have a problem with having bad breath. Listen to the people who you trust, if you are consistently being told you don't have bad breath, relax and believe them. If you need to, even go and see and get a dentists opinion about it.

You are not alone - It is important to know that everyone suffers from halitosis at one time or another and most people do have halitophobia to some degree. If you want a support system talk with others about how you feel and you might be surprised to find out they suffer the same things. For even more support there are even groups such as Halitophobics Anonymous.

If you have a question or a comment on how you have successfully treated halitophobia, please let us know by posting below. Thanks!

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Social anxiety

I’m an outgoing, adventurous person and people say my breath doesn’t smell but I always believe that it does whenever I’m at work and school I say nothing at all when my friends are close to me because I get anxiety that my breath will smell but my parents say it doesn’t but I don’t know what to believe. Even at work I step away from people or don’t say anything at all! I don’t want this to last forever and effect my social life!!!!

by Beck on Nov 10, 2017 | 5:33 AM

Social anxiety

I’m an outgoing, adventurous person and people say my breath doesn’t smell but I always believe that it does whenever I’m at work and school I say nothing at all when my friends are close to me because I get anxiety that my breath will smell but my parents say it doesn’t but I don’t know what to believe. Even at work I step away from people or don’t say anything at all! I don’t want this to last forever and effect my social life!!!!

by Beck on Nov 10, 2017 | 5:32 AM

I think I've figured it out

Hi guys

I googled this condition as I know for a fact that I got it and wanted to see if there was others like me out there. I'm glad there is but at the same time sad that we all are living like this.
I won't go further into how I got this condition but I can certainly say that I see the end of it!

We are all doing the same - Changing our breathing patterns and holding our breaths.
My condition got better as I got into a relationship and had my girlfriend smell my breath occasionally (I still believe there has been times she've kept the truth away from me as I've noticed nose rubs and sometimes looking uncomfortable) which made me sit down and try finding out if there was similarities between the times she did.
This is what I concluded;

1: When I've been anxious about my breath and have kept my breathing at a minimum.
2: When I'm talking being afraid of my breath.

I've then done my studies on breathing and tried doing breathing practices which has helped me and figured out that;

Situation 1: As we're breathing, our lungs exchange old air with new air that fuels our organs.When we aren't breathing, we are storing that used air which then comes out on exhale as "heavy" or "hot".
This is what triggers people reactions as nose rubbing, looking away, etc as hot air is unpleasant.
We keep thinking we have a bad breath, because we actually have in a sense, not exchanging the old air which then comes out as an unpleasant ooze.

Situation 2: When I've spoken to people I've seen them react in a way that would seem like I've had bad breath. If I've asked if my breath was bad, blew air at the person, the answer has always been said no. The reason of this seems to be that we talk without air that makes us use the gut to force out our words. Have anyone smelled someone's exhale when they yawn? Unpleasant right?
This is the air we're forcing out while we speak as we're breathless by not wanting to breathe in the first place. I tried inhaling and holding the air before speaking and saw that I got no common reactions of bad breath. I then kept this going and felt how my breathing pattern and way changed completely (And then my anxiety kicked in later and had me do the work all over again) Now this is what I practice everyday before speaking and it works.


Conclusion: Our problem lays in our breathing and lack of breathing.
What we should all focus on is;
- Right breathing patterns (Breathing practices, making sure you're breathing at all times, inhale through the nose)
- Keeping a healthy diet (Eating enough and healthy food that makes sure we dont gut breath which occurs when the body lacks nutrition)
- Keeping a good oral hygiene (Brushing our teeth and especially the tongue where the bacteria that cause bad oral breath lays)

by Adam on Aug 16, 2017 | 10:03 AM

I think I've figured it out

Hi guys

I googled this condition as I know for a fact that I got it and wanted to see if there was others like me out there. I'm glad there is but at the same time sad that we all are living like this.
I won't go further into how I got this condition but I can certainly say that I see the end of it!

We are all doing the same - Changing our breathing patterns and holding our breaths.
My condition got better as I got into a relationship and had my girlfriend smell my breath occasionally (I still believe there has been times she've kept the truth away from me as I've noticed nose rubs and sometimes looking uncomfortable) which made me sit down and try finding out if there was similarities between the times she did.
This is what I concluded;

1: When I've been anxious about my breath and have kept my breathing at a minimum.
2: When I'm talking being afraid of my breath.

I've then done my studies on breathing and tried doing breathing practices which has helped me and figured out that;

Situation 1: As we're breathing, our lungs exchange old air with new air that fuels our organs.When we aren't breathing, we are storing that used air which then comes out on exhale as "heavy" or "hot".
This is what triggers people reactions as nose rubbing, looking away, etc as hot air is unpleasant.
We keep thinking we have a bad breath, because we actually have in a sense, not exchanging the old air which then comes out as an unpleasant ooze.

Situation 2: When I've spoken to people I've seen them react in a way that would seem like I've had bad breath. If I've asked if my breath was bad, blew air at the person, the answer has always been said no. The reason of this seems to be that we talk without air that makes us use the gut to force out our words. Have anyone smelled someone's exhale when they yawn? Unpleasant right?
This is the air we're forcing out while we speak as we're breathless by not wanting to breathe in the first place. I tried inhaling and holding the air before speaking and saw that I got no common reactions of bad breath. I then kept this going and felt how my breathing pattern and way changed completely (And then my anxiety kicked in later and had me do the work all over again) Now this is what I practice everyday before speaking and it works.


Conclusion: Our problem lays in our breathing and lack of breathing.
What we should all focus on is;
- Right breathing patterns (Breathing practices, making sure you're breathing at all times, inhale through the nose)
- Keeping a healthy diet (Eating enough and healthy food that makes sure we dont gut breath which occurs when the body lacks nutrition)
- Keeping a good oral hygiene (Brushing our teeth and especially the tongue where the bacteria that cause bad oral breath lays)

by Adam on Aug 16, 2017 | 9:05 AM

I think I've figured it out

Hi guys

I googled this condition as I know for a fact that I got it and wanted to see if there was others like me out there. I'm glad there is but at the same time sad that we all are living like this.
I won't go further into how I got this condition but I can certainly say that I see the end of it!

We are all doing the same - Changing our breathing patterns and holding our breaths.
My condition got better as I got into a relationship and had my girlfriend smell my breath occasionally (I still believe there has been times she've kept the truth away from me as I've noticed nose rubs and sometimes looking uncomfortable) which made me sit down and try finding out if there was similarities between the times she did.
This is what I concluded;

1: When I've been anxious about my breath and have kept my breathing at a minimum.
2: When I'm talking being afraid of my breath.

I've then done my studies on breathing and tried doing breathing practices which has helped me and figured out that;

Situation 1: As we're breathing, our lungs exchange old air with new air that fuels our organs.When we aren't breathing, we are storing that used air which then comes out on exhale as "heavy" or "hot".
This is what triggers people reactions as nose rubbing, looking away, etc as hot air is unpleasant.
We keep thinking we have a bad breath, because we actually have in a sense, not exchanging the old air which then comes out as an unpleasant ooze.

Situation 2: When I've spoken to people I've seen them react in a way that would seem like I've had bad breath. If I've asked if my breath was bad, blew air at the person, the answer has always been said no. The reason of this seems to be that we talk without air that makes us use the gut to force out our words. Have anyone smelled someone's exhale when they yawn? Unpleasant right?
This is the air we're forcing out while we speak as we're breathless by not wanting to breathe in the first place. I tried inhaling and holding the air before speaking and saw that I got no common reactions of bad breath. I then kept this going and felt how my breathing pattern and way changed completely (And then my anxiety kicked in later and had me do the work all over again) Now this is what I practice everyday before speaking and it works.


Conclusion: Our problem lays in our breathing and lack of breathing.
What we should all focus on is;
- Right breathing patterns (Breathing practices, making sure you're breathing at all times, inhale through the nose)
- Keeping a healthy diet (Eating enough and healthy food that makes sure we dont gut breath which occurs when the body lacks nutrition)
- Keeping a good oral hygiene (Brushing our teeth and especially the tongue where the bacteria that cause bad oral breath lays)

by Adam on Aug 16, 2017 | 8:29 AM

I think I've figured it out

Hi guys

I googled this condition as I know for a fact that I got it and wanted to see if there was others like me out there. I'm glad there is but at the same time sad that we all are living like this.
I won't go further into how I got this condition but I can certainly say that I see the end of it!

We are all doing the same - Changing our breathing patterns and holding our breaths.
My condition got better as I got into a relationship and had my girlfriend smell my breath occasionally (I still believe there has been times she've kept the truth away from me as I've noticed nose rubs and sometimes looking uncomfortable) which made me sit down and try finding out if there was similarities between the times she did.
This is what I concluded;

1: When I've been anxious about my breath and have kept my breathing at a minimum.
2: When I'm talking being afraid of my breath.

I've then done my studies on breathing and tried doing breathing practices which has helped me and figured out that;

Situation 1: As we're breathing, our lungs exchange old air with new air that fuels our organs.When we aren't breathing, we are storing that used air which then comes out on exhale as "heavy" or "hot".
This is what triggers people reactions as nose rubbing, looking away, etc as hot air is unpleasant.
We keep thinking we have a bad breath, because we actually have in a sense, not exchanging the old air which then comes out as an unpleasant ooze.

Situation 2: When I've spoken to people I've seen them react in a way that would seem like I've had bad breath. If I've asked if my breath was bad, blew air at the person, the answer has always been said no. The reason of this seems to be that we talk without air that makes us use the gut to force out our words. Have anyone smelled someone's exhale when they yawn? Unpleasant right?
This is the air we're forcing out while we speak as we're breathless by not wanting to breathe in the first place. I tried inhaling and holding the air before speaking and saw that I got no common reactions of bad breath. I then kept this going and felt how my breathing pattern and way changed completely (And then my anxiety kicked in later and had me do the work all over again) Now this is what I practice everyday before speaking and it works.


Conclusion: Our problem lays in our breathing and lack of breathing.
What we should all focus on is;
- Right breathing patterns (Breathing practices, making sure you're breathing at all times, inhale through the nose)
- Keeping a healthy diet (Eating enough and healthy food that makes sure we dont gut breath which occurs when the body lacks nutrition)
- Keeping a good oral hygiene (Brushing our teeth and especially the tongue where the bacteria that cause bad oral breath lays)

by Adam on Aug 15, 2017 | 7:58 PM

I think I've figured it out

Hi guys

I googled this condition as I know for a fact that I got it and wanted to see if there was others like me out there. I'm glad there is but at the same time sad that we all are living like this.
I won't go further into how I got this condition but I can certainly say that I see the end of it!

We are all doing the same - Changing our breathing patterns and holding our breaths.
My condition got better as I got into a relationship and had my girlfriend smell my breath occasionally (I still believe there has been times she've kept the truth away from me as I've noticed nose rubs and sometimes looking uncomfortable) which made me sit down and try finding out if there was similarities between the times she did.
This is what I concluded;

1: When I've been anxious about my breath and have kept my breathing at a minimum.
2: When I'm talking being afraid of my breath.

I've then done my studies on breathing and tried doing breathing practices which has helped me and figured out that;

Situation 1: As we're breathing, our lungs exchange old air with new air that fuels our organs.When we aren't breathing, we are storing that used air which then comes out on exhale as "heavy" or "hot".
This is what triggers people reactions as nose rubbing, looking away, etc as hot air is unpleasant.
We keep thinking we have a bad breath, because we actually have in a sense, not exchanging the old air which then comes out as an unpleasant ooze.

Situation 2: When I've spoken to people I've seen them react in a way that would seem like I've had bad breath. If I've asked if my breath was bad, blew air at the person, the answer has always been said no. The reason of this seems to be that we talk without air that makes us use the gut to force out our words. Have anyone smelled someone's exhale when they yawn? Unpleasant right?
This is the air we're forcing out while we speak as we're breathless by not wanting to breathe in the first place. I tried inhaling and holding the air before speaking and saw that I got no common reactions of bad breath. I then kept this going and felt how my breathing pattern and way changed completely (And then my anxiety kicked in later and had me do the work all over again) Now this is what I practice everyday before speaking and it works.


Conclusion: Our problem lays in our breathing and lack of breathing.
What we should all focus on is;
- Right breathing patterns (Breathing practices, making sure you're breathing at all times, inhale through the nose)
- Keeping a healthy diet (Eating enough and healthy food that makes sure we dont gut breath which occurs when the body lacks nutrition)
- Keeping a good oral hygiene (Brushing our teeth and especially the tongue where the bacteria that cause bad oral breath lays)

by Adam on Aug 15, 2017 | 7:40 PM

Make a fucking group on this forum

Make a group on this forum and lets plan to meet.

by anonymous on Apr 7, 2017 | 2:51 PM

Make a fucking group

As a long time(8 years now) sufferer I have fought hard with this disorder. It have literally changed my breathing pattern which is now very very slow. From a very bright and active person that I used to be, Now I am a total zombie. The solution to this is not only changing a few life style habits but also getting affection from some one 24/7.
The most important part is to form a group and then talk to each other. That way it will be very comforting and may be we all or some of us will find love and happiness.

by anonymous on Apr 7, 2017 | 2:48 PM

I feel like the living dead.

It's that bad I feel like I'm dead to everyone I used to know. I believe I have extrim bad breath. I takes me decoy to notice nose rubs around me when I arrive in and enclosed place. I weren't from to worse within a year. My life is non extended. I lost friends,close family even work friends can stand. I'm scared the next thing I will lose is my job then I think I can continue living because that the only thing that keeps sain.😷😭🤐

by Nkele on Apr 4, 2017 | 3:24 PM

My life is terrible. I mean it's not cos I have a loving husband, but we lost our baby. Since then I have been getting worse with this breath issue. I don't think it smells at all, but it makes me scared to do anything, go out of the house and speak to anyone. I'm seeing doctor tomorrow where I will be embarrassed to say anything but I can't live like this. Think we want to try again for a baby, so that probably means I can't have medication and I will have to speak to someone.

by N on Mar 27, 2017 | 10:15 AM

I believe I have the same problem. Thing is I think it is due to my teeth. I don't have any insurance so it's difficult to visit a dentist. I always spend so much money on dental work. Every time I have something done.. something else causes this bad breath! I've asked my mom multiple times does my breath stink because I don't trust anyone else. She always says no but rubs her nose when I speak to her. I noticed this last summer. I would spend a bunch of time with my best friend. We'd go out everywhere. I noticed after a while she'd start rubbing her nose if I sang to a song playing on the radio. I know it's bad and I want to fix it. People are so harsh though! If the tables were turned I would not be so harsh on the other person because I know everyone has a story behind their struggle. I do not enjoy living like this. I just recently moved and I'm feeling so lonely and depressed. Not just because I'm away from home and family but because social interactions are difficult. Sometimes I think about killing myself. It's tearing me apart because I want to better myself but it is extremely difficult!

by Sandy on Mar 24, 2017 | 7:46 PM

Anti-social

I'm glad to see that i'm not alone. I have suffered from this since my high school years. I am 25 now. It started when a friend of mine constantly started to turn her head away from me as i talked or rubbed her nose. My mother even use to tell me that my breath smelled when i was younger but not anymore. This situation causes anxiety for me. I always feel that my breath smells and i cant make friends because of it. I am getting married in a few months and sometimes my mouth has such a disgusting feeling that i cant be as close to my fiancee as much as i want to be. Im afraid that this situation will ruin our relationship. Also, im going to be a teacher and this requires a good amount of socializing. Dont know what im going to do :(

by Tugce on Mar 22, 2017 | 12:59 AM

LISTEN CAREFULLY

There is a bad grass in your mind!

Look, this is what I have discovered:

The root is ANXIETY,
and the leaves are DRY MOUTH.

(when the mouth is dry, sorry to tell you, the breath is bad)

We keep on trimming the leaves, little knowing that the real cause of trouble lies beneath the root.

Here is the good farmer saying:

'DO EVERYTHING TO KEEP RELAXED'

Prayer...Bible Study...Sound Music...Deep Breaths...Water...Take A Bath...What Else?

Congratulations!

It's all in our mind, my friend.

(when the mind is relaxed, the saliva production flows back again to its pure state)

100% mere fresh breath

by Christian Carl Gallego on Jan 30, 2017 | 10:35 AM

A painful experience

By reading your comments I could see myself in your shoes, because the same happens to me. This illness has affected my life for over 20 years, and I have no idea what else I can do. I brush my teeth after every meal or snack, and this makes at least 6 times a day. I use mouth wash twice a day (without alcohol) and floss 3 times a day. I usually don't feel I have a bad breath directly, but if I turn my head to the right I can feel a bad smell coming from my throat, I don't know why. I have gastritis too, so sometimes I think it comes from my stomach, I take some pills and it seems that it gets a little better, but I never feel my breath is 100% pure like normal people's breath. I can't understand how I could get married and have kids, I think my wife is a saint. I speak low and have lunch everyday alone at work, because I think it's unpleasant to have lunch with me. I've tried tons of different products, gums and mints,but nothing works,and I always think that it's worse to use them because they can't hide my bad breath and people will notice how terrible my breath is since not even the most powerful mints can disguise it.

by Richard on Jan 26, 2017 | 7:05 AM

Hi guys.i do have the same problem. It began when I was 9yrs old. My friend told me my breath stank. To make the matter worse my mom asked me one day if I had brushed my teeth, infront of my best friend. From then when I talk I used to close my mouth when talking to someone. My friends never understood why. I finally ask my mom and she said no. I believed her and that's when things got worse.my friends used to whisper saying that I hadn't brushed my teeth and I could clearly hear them. Sometimes they used to close their nose or rub their nose when talking to me. It has really changed my life coz when I was young I never used to have that problem. Even after meals my mouth is always horrible. I keep on telling my mom but instead she denies .sometimes I always ask myself if am cursed and why am I going through this. I just want to die cuz I can't tolerate this. I've suffered alot and I'm only a child.

by faith on Jan 5, 2017 | 10:13 AM

Guys ,I have the same problem too..Donno whether I really have bad breath cos my mouth taste bad all the time and I feel the bad breath is coming from my throat,I have asked my husband several times whether I stink ,he said no ,but still I don't believe him..is t just phobia or I really have the problem ?I donno ..I have stopped socializing wth ppl ..it's affecting my self esteem😞

by Xyz on Dec 20, 2016 | 3:05 PM

I am relieved to know that I am not the only one who suffers from this but my heart goes out to all of you at the same time. I too have anxiety about being around people, even my own children. I do not give eye contact and literally turn my head whn I speak. I finally opened up to my sister about it and she says she has never smelled my breath but she is one of the main "nose rubbers" in my life. I over analyze everyone when I am talking and am convinced they are all uncomfortable. I still socialize but not like I want to and only around a few people. Others think I am stand offish because I am mean but I am trying to protect them!! guys often ask why I don't kiss them and I am thinking "how desperate can you be?????". I want to believe my sister but I cannot. I plan to get oral surgery as soon as possible. Until then I guess I will continue to literally choose my words carefully.

by Step on Dec 19, 2016 | 9:02 AM

..I really would like to be of help to you all...I so feel your pain, truly...I'm 64 yrs old, I was first made aware of my breath at 13yrs..I don't know how I am still here...The humiliation I have suffered in my life, you wouldn't believe..I'm almost over it now...I have tried EVERYTHING..nothing works..I so long to be normal...I fear it isn't going to happen now ever... hate being thought a dirty person, the entire opposite is true..The only plus to my life is, I found a man who loved me for me, he's passed now...I feel so sad I couldn't be normal for him...I don't know how he stood my breath, I couldn't have done it..I went to the Doctors about it when I was 16...He told me I was unbalanced...I don't know what causes it, or if it's mental...It's the first thing I think about when I wake up and is with me all day, everyday...I so wish I was free... keep looking for a cure, but don't think I'll get there...Don't give in people...you are here for a reason....x

by Alexia on Nov 26, 2016 | 6:53 PM

I have this problem and it has ruined me so far. I've gone from been sociable to been unsociable. I've lost my friends including my girlfriend ,attending lectures,going to church on Sundays or any social gathering is like impossible because if I do I would just have a ruined day not like it not already ruined by been alone all day,I exhaust my pocket money on mint gums and sweets, I sometimes asked my siblings or my mum if I had bad breath but they would always say no but I just couldn't believe them
I've seen about three dentist on this issue,but they all said I don't have halitosis
So then I knew it's psychological

One of the dentist made me promise to try as much as possible to ignore people's reaction, he said they could be trying to hide theirs(their bad breath) or might be feeling itching in the nose, so far you brushed and cleaned the mouth

So I'm trying that now
Shutting people's reactions is not really easy

so I'm suggesting we should all try it .It's better than not trying at all.

by Michael on Nov 18, 2016 | 4:51 AM

i am quite young and halitophobia is literally taking over my life, at first i never once thought about my breath but now its on my mind every single day. im so worried that ill offend someone with my breath. im a really bubbly person and i love talking but now im scared to speak. Everytime i am forced to converse with someone in class i start panicking and my anxiety kicks in. if im speaking to someone i over analyse their face and expressions.if a person im speaking to rubs their nose i get so scared bcecause i think they can smell my breath wether its bad or good. i hate this, i want to speak to people normally without havng to look way( they think i untrested if i do this). someone help me!

by ANON on Oct 29, 2016 | 7:19 PM

Anonymous I agree with you! I just want to stay with someone that has this problem too.

by Sisi on Oct 27, 2016 | 12:33 PM

I can relate to all of the stories above. I am embarrassed to talk to people at close distance. I noticed that my friends turn their faces away when they talk to me, rub their nose and some even turn their backs to me when we sit on buses. I am totally depress and I am thinking about visiting the dentist soon.

by Elsie on Oct 24, 2016 | 8:50 PM

I have the cure

As a long time(8 years now) sufferer I have fought hard with this disorder. It have literally changed my breathing pattern which is now very very slow. From a very bright and active person that I used to be, Now I am a total zombie. The solution to this is not only changing a few life style habits but also getting affection from some one 24/7.
The most important part is to form a group and then talk to each other. That way it will be very comforting and may be we all or some of us will find love and happiness.

by anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 | 6:37 PM

Help!

Every night I have dreams that my dentist is chasing me with a toothbrush and I'm screaming and all of my friends and family are laughing at me. I wake up wailing in a sweat. I stash so many mints in my mouth that when I was giving a presentation at work, I started choking and a man had to give me the Heimlich maneuver. I have to buy new pants constantly because I forget my pockets are stuffed with mints and they come out of the dryer with giant white stains!! This is ruining my life!

by Charles on Sep 3, 2016 | 6:28 PM

Mine started when a guy I use to date told me my breathe stank one morning after sex. Absolutely normal to have morning breath. I've been paronoid ever since. My thought were so intrusive and I couldn't get my brain to stop thinking about my breathe. Overtime it got a little better. Just the other day my boyfriend said he could smell my breath a little and it triggered everything over again! I worked all day it was super funky but tart. It is traumatic I'm with you guys. I use to blow in my sisters face and she told me my breathe is fine. My boyfriend even is like I've only smelled your breathe twice! It's all in our minds, ask somebody you trust and you have to believe them. Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue, rinse with mouth wash. I promise you're fine. Go on YouTube and listen to guided meditation for unwanted thought or anxiety. It's calming and really helps. I also pray to God who is my strength and healer. We can't let the devil win and stop us from being in a relationship or getting married. We can all get through this! After all we really don't have a problem. Be encouraged I pray for everyone's healing. In Jesus Name, Amen.

by Monique on Aug 27, 2016 | 7:29 PM

Hey guys, glad to know I'm not alone. I have been dealing with this problem for 7 years now. I just turned 24 and will be attending college soon. This has literally ruined my life ever since I was aware of the halitosis. I ask my closest friends and family members if they every smell bad breath on me but they always say no. I want to believe them but I can't. I always look at other people's faces when I talk to them and I interpret that every little movement they make is because of my breath. It has become so bad and I've been so depressed because of it. I'm sorry for everyone who is going through this. Hopefully one day we can break free and truly be ourselves again.

by Alicia on Aug 12, 2016 | 3:27 AM

You guys are not alone. I too have this paralizing condition. I took over my life. I wasnt like this before. I don't know how to end it but i suggest that you should see a psychiatrist. It all in our head. Its unexisting fear. We could conquer it. Iknow. Just have faith and believe in yourself.

by King on Jun 24, 2016 | 6:53 AM

I am so relieved to see others like myself...I have suffered with this for years and am depressed, lonely, hopeless and it has manifested in crippling social anxiety, WHICH RESULTS IN CONSTANT SWEATING and CONSTANT BODY ODOUR. I have zero self confidence and am constantly depressed and cry. HELP!!!....

by gia on Jun 20, 2016 | 10:42 AM

can smells be imagined?

Can smells be imagined? Because I can definitely smell my own breath, and it's bad. So I don't understand how it can all be in my head, I can literally smell the bad breath! I am too embarrassed to ask someone else if it smells, what if it really does :/ HELP! PLEASE ANSWER!

also i have ocd and probably olfactory reference syndrome

by tt on May 25, 2016 | 2:17 PM

halitophobia

i m suffering from halitophobia.halitophobia has ruined my life.please some body help me to get rid of from it.somebody give me some tips to how could avoide from it.my email address is waleed.ahmed1457@gmail.com. please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please help me.

by waleed saeed on Apr 28, 2016 | 5:50 AM

Reply to Emily

Hi Emily, I understand everyone here, I too suffer from this problem every single day. I take care good care of my dental and personal hygiene but still have bad breath. I don't know how to describe my smell, it is the same smell that comes from nose and mouth, unfortunately even if I have my mouth close people can definitely smell it. I think it comes from my digestive system or digestive process or stomach. I don't know really, otherwise I am healthy, I excersice and keep a healthy weight. I am afraid to go places even almost stopped going to church because of the looks I get from people. My self esteem is so low, I have kids and my oldest say I don't have a bad smell but my little one said the other day there is a stinky smell when she got very close to me. This condition is EXTREMELY DEPRESSING.I don't understand why there is Still no cure to millions of people suffering from Halitosis. Scientists come out with all kind of mess for everything but nothing for BAD BREATH.! Dentists always say it comes from mouth, they want people to believe that, not really!!!

by R on Mar 2, 2016 | 12:26 PM

Bad breath anxiety

I have the same issue I've suffered for a long time I have good hygiene and very attractive but I'm going to the doctor and dentist and they told me that I don't have bad breath but I still believe bu and I'm starting to lose self. confidence and get scared of being in relationships fearing that the reason they leave me is because of my bad but I scraped my tongue brush my teeth and floss three times a but and everyone tells me how pretty teeth I have and everything but I still just don't believe they don't have bad breath it gives me social anxiety and I don't know what to do anymore but I'm glad I'm not alone and I pray that all of us can get over a I would love some I would on this I don't know what to do anymore

by Emily on Mar 1, 2016 | 12:30 PM

i can no longer sustain myself

I have suffered from bad breath for the past 5 years of my life. I have become so depressed that I cry myself to sleep every night. I have lost 2 jobs over this situation and I am at a point where I can no longer sustain myself financially because of the lack of income. I am currently looking for something I can do remotely - work from home. I have worked as an accountant and have sound experience, but can't display because of my bad breath. I am hoping someone can help with this. I am willing to do anything online and have the experience and knowledge to carry out any tasks. If you are in need of a virtual assistant, bookkeeper, or someone to do data entry work via online, please contact me. I have a daughter to look out for and I honestly don't know how I am going to make money. I've been on several interviews and got dismissed several times. Please help!! Maybe we can all help each since we all know how it feels to work in a workplace environment. We all need to sustain ourselves someway and somehow and a lot of you are fortunate enough to have a company that is not bothered by it or even have your own company. Regardless, please empathize and help.

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by Hatshepsut on Feb 13, 2016 | 9:17 PM

I have always believed I have bad breath, I really think I do, I am so self conscious of my breath odors, I get very anxious when I have to be close to people, I hate being invited to parties because the anxiety I feel, just thinking about makes me even angry, I am married and everyone at my house love being social but for me it is Extremely Stressful, Many times I refuse to go and people think I don't want to have anything with them (in-laws). At home I sit as far as I can from my own family especially if I need to say something. If I am at a fair distance then I feel I can engage in a conversation. I feel Invaded when someone happens to sit close to me!
I definitely have halitophobia and very likely bad breath too.

by R on Feb 11, 2016 | 5:49 PM

Not Alone

Reply to the comments:I thought this was a physical problem too but my mom swore to me saying it's all in my head! So I will ask few more people who aren't family. And if they confirm that it's just in my head then I would treat it as a mental illness! I suggest yall also see a psychologist as well.and this whole nose rubbing thing could very well be imaginary as well.

by Not Alone on Feb 2, 2016 | 9:44 PM

Am out of my mind

Am 22 years n am suffering from chronic halitophobia am 4th year eng'g student my life falls apart all my classmates make fun off me they look me as afool some of them call me festula even when i get to th class am sitting at the back alone i dont have any frnd, i dont trust any body every time i walk alone n stack to my bed every day am thinking dat am not human why this happen to me am going round n round in my mind n think that my life is over am totaly depressed even i want to kill my self all i thinking is negative every single day i was crying my heart is broken in to pecies no life no present no future no hope i met so money doctors their treatment does not work i dont knw what to do they only chance have is to get crazzy or siucid...what aworst life is it?

by Hamdi on Jan 20, 2016 | 5:26 AM

Same problem

I have been affected by this problem for long time now spend thousands buying products and even removing my tonsils .. I asked all my friends if I have bb they laugh and say no. If you did I would tell u.. But I see the nose rub
I need to know if weather it's all in
My head, helitophobia, or what the hell is it. I have read it in previous forums that a guy had same problem and when he saw the gastoentrologist he was diagnosed with candida over grown.. Soo then he took this pills and that pretty much fixed his problem..

by Ali on Dec 6, 2015 | 10:07 PM

I have been affected by this problem for long time now spend thousands buying products and even removing my tonsils .. I asked all my friends if I have bb they laugh and say no. If you did I would tell u.. But I see the nose rub
I need to know if weather it's all in
My head, helitophobia, or what the hell is it. I have read it in previous forums that a guy had same problem and when he saw the gastoentrologist he was diagnosed with candida over grown.. Soo then he took this pills and that pretty much fixed his problem..

by Ali on Dec 6, 2015 | 7:34 PM

this **** CRAY!!!!

by luis S on Dec 4, 2015 | 3:16 PM
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