I have anxiety attacks on a daily basis. Sometimes I know what causes them, other times I don’t. It’s not even actual events that always cause my anxiety attacks; sometimes my thinking can cause them to occur. My anxiety symptoms differ depending on the severity of the anxiety attack. Some of my symptoms include heart palpitations, shaking, chest pain, extreme fear, inability to speak normally, hot flashes, severe shortness of breath, dizziness, rocking back and forth, confusion and crying.

The severe shortness of breath is probably one of the worst anxiety symptoms I have to manage. All of the sudden, it feels as if I can’t breathe, like somehow my lungs are collapsing. It feels like it’s happening to both of my lungs at the same time; it seems as if the top portions of my lungs are collapsing. I try to take in a deep breath, but I can’t. I try over and over again with no luck. Then it gets worse; I can’t breathe if there is air blowing in my face. I have to turn off all of the fans and I need to sit completely still. I don’t know why I have to do these things, but I do know that they help me breathe. Sometimes my inhalers help, other times it does nothing for me. Then suddenly, I’m able to yawn, allowing me to take in a full breath of air. Finally, I feel okay again; however, it only lasts a couple of minutes until it starts all over from the beginning.

The Valium I take can help every other anxiety or panic symptom that I have, but it doesn’t help my breathing problems. This has been happening for years. I’m tired of it all, but all I can do is attempt to manage the symptoms. Does anyone else have breathing problems like I described when it comes to their anxiety? If so, I would like to hear how you manage

4 thoughts on “Anxiety Symptoms – Problems Breathing

  1. I also have trouble breathing during periods of intense anxiety. It’s one of the worst feelings. I hate whenever I’ve gone to the doctor because I had very alarming symptoms (chest pain, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing) and they brush it off as “just” an anxiety attack. I get that it’s not a heart attack which is a good thing, but they minimize it to the point that I feel bad or ashamed.

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  2. I feel like I can really relate to this. My anxiety attacks aren’t great at all, but what I do to try and control my breathing before it gets out of control is structure it. Personally I breathe in for 4, hold for 5 and then breathe out for 4 counts. I also have a mental health blog (https://sayingtheunspoken.wordpress.com/) where I talk of personal experience and also explain what each condition is. (I warn you, I started this blog today, so there isn’t much content yet). I am going to upload how I cope and what strategies are recommended and my experience of them. If you ever feel like talking I have a contact page where you can email me too. I find it to be a really successful way of coping–talking to people in a similar situation.

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