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Hyperventilation syndrome - how serious is this? i just realized this is what i have and i've had panic disorder and stress for years. is there a cure

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Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them.

Answered 1/24/2013

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Rebreathing: Hyperventilation decreases the carbon dioxide in the blood. Carbon dioxide us the main determinate of cerebral blood flow. Too much hyperventilation can make one dizzy or even pass out. This is what happens when a new smoker tries to keep a pipe lit - he feels " green ".

Answered 11/28/2017

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Hyperventilation: Hyperventilation is not an uncommon part of anxiety disorders in general. You'd want to be working with a psychologist and psychiatrist on this part. For the specific breathing part, you can learn diaphragmatic (rather than just up in your chest) breathing. Certain yoga exercises also focus on breathing, and may help you also. A health psychologist may be an option for this as well.

Answered 6/7/2013

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