3 doctors weighed in:
Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?
3 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not always
Difficulty breathing can come from many causes.
Sometimes heart problems; lung disease such as asthma or copd; sometimes anatomic problem like when pregnant, plus others. If you've have had a full medical checkup and none of these other things are going on with you, then it's very possible that difficulty breathing relates to anxiety. Not all anxiety is a panic attack, but can feel scary.

In brief: Not always
Difficulty breathing can come from many causes.
Sometimes heart problems; lung disease such as asthma or copd; sometimes anatomic problem like when pregnant, plus others. If you've have had a full medical checkup and none of these other things are going on with you, then it's very possible that difficulty breathing relates to anxiety. Not all anxiety is a panic attack, but can feel scary.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Thank
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Preventive Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
More commonly it is a product of baby pushing up on the diaphragm. This leads to an inability to expand the lungs completely and may cause shortness of breath.
Being short of breath may lead to panic attacks, but you can head this off by sitting or lying down and taking several slow, deep, intentional breaths.

In brief: No
More commonly it is a product of baby pushing up on the diaphragm. This leads to an inability to expand the lungs completely and may cause shortness of breath.
Being short of breath may lead to panic attacks, but you can head this off by sitting or lying down and taking several slow, deep, intentional breaths.
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Dr. Jeffrey Gladd
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
23 years in practice
171K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors