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A 31-year-old male asked:

Can chronic stress anxiety depression make your chest heart / full dull feeling and heart beat seen weaker shortness breathe headache lightheaded ?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. See doc first to rule out medical cond.
Dr. Terri Faith
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Chest pain, anxiety: Chronic anxiety can also include panic attacks. When having a panic attack you may experience the physiological symptoms that mimic a heart attack because of a rise in heart rate, breathing rate and chest pain. You can also experience weight loss as your metabolic rate is also elevated. Medical reasons should be ruled out first.

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