Are breathing problems common in people with anxiety?

No. Breathing problems are not common in people wiht anxiety. Anxiety attacks however may be associated with hyperventillation and difficulty with breathing which may be misconstrued as a breathing disorder.

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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...

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

Excellent question. Very related. Learn/practice rhythmic (steady) & diagphragmatic breathing coupled with self-calming strategies. The anxiety & stress reduction workbook by mckay et al can help either way. A medical evaluation may identify treatable causes. A mental health evaluation may identify treatable causes. Stabilize daily living habits (sleep, diet, exercise, etc.) wishing you well in your search for relief. Read more...
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...