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Can anxiety cause shortness if breath? sometimes i take a deep breath but feel as uf i don't get enough air in.,

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Short of breath : There are many causes of shortness of breath, and anxiety is certainly one of them. However, if this has been a recurrent problem you should see your doctor for an exam and appropriate tests. Other causes include anemia, lung infection, asthma, heart disease, and other conditions. Good luck!

Answered 6/5/2015

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Anxiety: Shortness of breath is a common side effect of anxiety. Often we recommend taking slower breaths, look up deep breathing techniques to learn how to regulate your breathing and slow it down.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Panic and breathing: If this is the "elephant standing on your chest" feeling that can accompany a panic attack, a first reaction is often to try to inhale harder. This won't work - yr muscles r tensed in a panic attack, so yr chest muscles work against yr lungs trying to inflate. Exhale fully instead (which is counter-intuitive), until u can't push any more air out. Yr diaphragm reflex will help u get a better breath.

Answered 4/3/2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Agree w other Dr's.: Do you have other symptoms c/w panic attacks? Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There.

Answered 4/3/2016

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