Is difficulty breathing a common symptom of anxiety attcks?

Yes. This is common in a panic attack. In panic, all muscles in the body tense, so the chest muscles work against the lungs trying to inflate. Also, adrenaline makes your breathing rapid & shallow for efficient fight or flight. Best immediate action is fully exhale all the air, your diaphragm reflex will give you a better breath. Find a therapist who does exposure based therapy for panic disorder.

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Is breathing difficulty a common symptom of anxiety attacks?

Yes. Shortness of breath is a common symptom of anxiety attacks, along with a rapid heart rate, palpitations, shakiness, sweating, etc. Some people also experience chest pain which is why panic attacks and heart attacks are frequently confused. Read more...
Yes. Feeling short of breath and not being able to catch your breath is one of the most common signs of a panic attack. You may want to try relaxation breathing as explained very well in the book: the relaxation response by benson. Good luck. Read more...

What are some tips or tricks to decrease anxiety symptoms? (e.G., throat tightening and labored breathing)

Anxiety/breath. Often we recommend taking slower/deeper breaths, look up deep breathing techniques online (tutorials or videos on youtube) to learn how to regulate your breathing. It is likely that once you regain control over your breathing, your throat will follow. Read more...

I have the worst anxiety you can imagine but I also have asthma. 99% of my anxiety symptoms stem from labored breathing. I don't know how to breathe.

Speech pathologist. Many people with asthma also have vocal cord dysfunction. This is more of a problem on inspiration rather than expiration. It can lead to feeling anxious and anxiety can be one of the triggers for vocal cord dysfunction. A speech pathologist can teach breathing relaxation techniques and a psychologist or counselor can help with anxiety. Many times it is a multi-specialty approach. Read more...
Think yoga. If your asthma is under good control, you could consider woking with a yoga instructor. The practice of yoga involves a focus and training in breathing. If your asthma is not under control, you need to work with your primary care doctor or pulmonologist to improve control. Hope you are soon breathing more freely. Read more...
Relaxation Technique. 1) you need to explore relaxation techniques to modify your dysfunctional breathing patterns. 2) you probably are not a diaphragmatic breather 3) cognitive behavioral approaches using antietam management training may also be effective. Read more...

What are some good tips to stop anxiety symptoms? (e.G., throat tightening and labored breathing)

A simple tip. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. Read more...

Can an anxiety attack cause you to cough to the point that you are gasping for air? Symptoms are, rapid heart beat, difficulty breathing.

Yes it can. Yes, anxiety attacks can make you gasp for air ; have rapid pulse. However, you also need a medical evaluation for these issues since asthma and other causes can result in similar outcomes. Panic attacks can cause all kinds of physical symptoms -- but please don't jump to that explanation without complete workup. If it's indeed anxiety, please know there are excellent treatments! Read more...