Doctor insights on: Are Breathing Problems Common In People With Anxiety

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


How can you tell when breathing problems are associated with anxiety?

How can you tell when breathing problems are associated with anxiety?

In general, I think: It is fair to say that anyone with a breathing disorders such as asthma, copd, or emphysema, will be likely to have a worsening difficulty with breathing when anxiety is present. When we are anxious, we tend to do chest breathing as opposed to diaphragmatic breathing. The end result is that the muscles between our ribs go into spasm and breathing becomes more difficult unless we learn how to breathe by lowering our diaphragm so that the air can freely enter in to the lungs as they expand more downward instead of outward as is the case with chest breathing. Best wishes. ...Read more


Could anxiety make you have bad breathing problems?

It is possible: that panic/ anxiety could negatively impact breathing. This could occur in the form of hyperventilation or exacerbation of asthma. ...Read more


I don't know if stress and anxiety are causing my breathing problems or if its the other way around. How do I find out once and for all? This is awful

Look for triggers.: Try to look for triggers or precipitants to your anxiety and breathing changes. A quick session with a psychiatrist will be able to clarify if you have panic attacks or other forms of anxiety manifesting with physical symptoms. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

Chest dyspnea is a feeling of being short of breath, a feeling of not being able to fully expand the chest wall, such as due to pain after a ...Read more