A brief review of self-asphyxial risk-taking behaviour in adolescents
- Publisher: Schools Health Education Unit (SHEU)
Adolescence is often viewed as a time for experimentation and risk-taking behaviour. For instance, when I was a teenager, my friends and I used to occasionally play a game that we called ‘Headrush’ where we would have our breathing temporarily stopped by someone holding onto our chests after a deep expiration and hyperventilation (so that we could not breathe). It induced feelings of light-headedness and dizziness followed by temporary unconsciousness (usually lasting 10 to 15 seconds). I did it twice and on both occasions I felt as though I had lived a whole other life while I was unconscious. I cannot remember exactly why I had engaged in such a potentially life-threatening behaviour except that all my friends were doing it.
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