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Hypoxia, potential brain damage (please help)

This has been getting really concerning for me, and has caused a lot of stress for a while.

I have suffocated myself with my hands around 10 times in the last week, I hold it for around 20 seconds maximum, and every time I do it until i feel dizzy, the dizziness lasts under 5 seconds. My only concern is brain damage, what is the likely hood of that causing permanent brain damage. If it did, how severe, and if its irreversible. I did not lose my consciousness, was able to stand immediately after and during it, without stumbling. Only vision got blurry with dizziness for 5 seconds.

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I answered your question elsewhere but have to ask you, why are you choking yourself? The choking game? What is the driving force. What I said elsewhere, I'll say here. Yes, you could cause brain damage by limiting oxygen to your brain but worse, you literally could accidentally kill yourself. Stop doing this. It's unsafe.
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really? because i only felt dizzy for like 3-5 seconds and i dont experience any symptoms of reduced cognitive functionality. what are the chances of my specific situation causing brain damage?
Seriously. Kids/adults (usually it is teens that engage in this unsafe activity) die from this. ANY time you withhold oxygen which choking yourself will, it's a period of time your brain isn't oxygenated. Considering people accidentally die from it . . .likelihood of also creating brain damage is high.  Between 30-180 seconds of oxygen deprivation, you may lose consciousness. You are doing your brain no favor with this activity.
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