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Is it possible for a panic attack to cause someone to stop breathing temporarily?

Is it possible for a panic attack to cause someone to stop breathing temporarily?

Yes/NO: During a panic attack , a person may experience multiple physical symptoms including breathing difficulty such as feeling that he/she can't take a deep enough breath or can't even yawn, or feeling of chocking or hyperventilation. ... Over 25 years, we have never seen a patient where they stopped breathing. Usually oxygen concentration is within normal limits. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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


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When my connective tissue disease flares, I get so tired my breathing slows & then temporary stops at night & I wake up dizzy repeately in the night?

When my connective tissue disease flares, I get  so tired my breathing slows & then temporary stops at night & I wake up dizzy repeately in the night?

Doesn't fit: Even if connective tissue diseases flare, the respiratory muscles work. Stopping the normal breathing cycle is not part of the flare. Stopping to breath at night suggests sleep apnea. On the other hand, the symptom of dizziness suggests hyperventilation or anxiety. It's important to have these symptoms checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a healthy person stop breathing helpppp?

Can a healthy person stop breathing helpppp?

Sleep apnea: Many people with sleep apnea are unaware of their abnormal breathing in sleep, and all patients underestimate how often their sleep is interrupted. Awakening from sleep causes sleep to be unrefreshing and causes fatigue and daytime sleepiness.Causes of obstructive sleep apnea: small upper airway, small lower face, a small mouth, and tongue too large for the mouth.Obesity, large tonsils in children. ...Read more

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Can a healthy person choose to just stop breathing?

Can a healthy person choose to  just stop breathing?

Yes but...: That person will be forced to breathe by his brainstem in a few minutes. Tales of magicians and martial artists dying of breath-holding are entertainment, not fact. ...Read more

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What to do if I am feeling like i'm gonna stop breathing?

What to do if I am feeling like i'm gonna stop breathing?

Stopping breathing: you won't stop - you breathe to get rid of excessive carbon dioxide and when those levels rise you will breathe. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can make someone.Just stop breathing although they are perfectly healthy?

Is there anything that can make someone.Just stop breathing although they are perfectly healthy?

Is it while sleeping: If someone snores and stops breathing periodically while sleeping it is sleep apnea. It needs evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My breathing feels a lot slower than usual, to the point where i get afraid that it may stop. What could be wrong?

Talk to a doctor: It sounds like it may be anxiety although there are rarer causes of breathing difficulties so you would probably benefit from talking to a doctor. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I'm scared i'm going to die all the time and its really starting to get me down i keep watching my breathing and i can't stop it help me?

I'm scared i'm going to die all the time and its really starting to get me down i keep watching my breathing and i can't stop it help me?

Fear: You should consult with your doctor to rule out any medical concerns and if you are cleared call a mental health professional who can help you uncover the reasons for your fear. Something is troubling you and it is manifesting itself as fear of dying. This is difficult to sort out, also confide in someone close to you about the anxieties or conflicts in your life that may be related. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Last night I coughed and I chocked and stop breathing I went to the dr the other day and she gave me medcine for that but that last night scared me?

Last night I coughed and I chocked and stop breathing I went to the dr the other day and she gave me medcine for that but that last night scared me?

Sounds like: you may have sleep apnea. are you overweight? do you snore? are you sleepy during the day? do you have a large neck? talk to your doctor about your concerns, if you answered yes to a couple of the above questions it may be helpful to see a sleep doc. ...Read more