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Hi Jen, Yes, shortness of breath is one way anxiety can manifest itself. If you and your doctor have ruled out other causes, anxiety could very well be the culprit. I, too, get short of breath when I'm having an anxiety attack. When I get anxious, I feel like I can't catch my breath, which makes me start struggling for air, which makes me cough, which makes me feel even more anxious, which... The nasty thing about anxiety attacks is they can feed on themselves, either making them feel worse or making them last all day as you mentioned. Sometimes I can get a panic attach under control on my own and other times I need a little help. I'm in the habit of tracking the time I spend each day on meditation, visualization, and exercise. It certainly helps. If my anxiety gets away from me, I take Xanax to help get me out of the anxiety cycle. It might be something worth exploring with your doctor. Take care, Scott
scottinaz
Answered 4 years ago
scottinaz

Anti-anxiety medicine will probably help. My Psychiatrist has me using Inderal, (usually used for people with heart conditions.) It slows your breathing and calms the physical side effects of anxiety. What you might try is going on YouTube and do a search for meditation and/or yoga videos. Breathing is the core of both of these practices. I put those YouTube videos on during the day sometimes and have found some really great sites that help me when I go to bed. I have insomnia often and this really helps me. I go to sleep so fast now, it's amazing!
searching for peace
Answered 4 years ago
searching for peace

hey, So sorry to hear you are dealing with this issue. From experience, I'd say it's pretty normal to have this sensation. I will sometimes get bouts of this symptom. I'll have it for a few days at a time, and it will terrify me. The feeling of not being able to get a deep breath, and just not feeling like you're getting enough air, I know I experience it sometimes even without being nervous... or i guess without being aware of my tension and nervousness. Sometimes anti anxiety medicine helps me, i'm on it all the time and still get it sometimes... I hope it goes away! Keep your head up.
roadtorecoverygirl
Answered 4 years ago
roadtorecoverygirl

Thanks everyone. I think I need a new anxiety medication. Meditation sounds like a really great idea too!
jenstressedout
Answered 4 years ago
jenstressedout

Don't mind me bumping this question after 3 months, but I was passing by and noticed a huge resemblence in my symptoms. hopefully by now you've started taking some medication to help you out, but I got to say this is a very common symptom I've personally had plenty of experience with. mine has manifested as more of a generalize anxiety throughout my days where I m hyper focused on my breathing thinking I'm not breathing properly because I'm not "feeling it"...if that makes sense. when it comes down to the wire when I'm having a full fledged attack, it's similar to this feeling. it's a very scary feeling indeed and I hope you are doing better now 3 months later
R3L4P5E
Answered 4 years ago
R3L4P5E

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