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A 28-year-old male asked:

Is breathing invol or vol? can person just stop breathing for no reason

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Dr. Robert Isaacs
40 years experience
Both: Breathing is partly voluntary, mostly involuntary. You can temporarily hold your breath or breathe more deeply and rapidly as a conscious decision, but mostly breathing is carried on without you thinking about it. And no, someone cannot stop breathing for no reason. There will always be a reason.

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