Is it normal to have bad breathing problems when u have anxity? I am taking .5 mg of xanax

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bamartr
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   Posted 10/26/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
and it does help relax me but wow sometimes my breathing is just so tough. is this just due to the anxiety? thank you......

stkitt
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   Posted 10/26/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome.  Many people hyperventilate when they are anxious so yes I do feel it is normal for some people.  It is not something I have a problem with but I have seen many posts re breathing issues.
 
Good question.
 
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alone&scared
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   Posted 10/26/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
My largest problem with panic attacks is my breathing difficulty. Just make sure that you don't have any other kind of lung/heart issue causing your breathing difficulty and if not, then yes, it is very likely to be your anxiety.
Some people say that focusing on your breathing can actually relax you and stop an attack. And, I am sure that works for some people. Me? If I focus on my breathing I will have a panic attack!lol.

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   Posted 10/27/2009 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

You might try this 3 part breathing exercise when you feel you are having breathing problems due to anxiety.

Find a place where it's quiet.

Sit in a straight back chair with both feet on the floor or lie on the floor with a straight spine.

Begin inhaling by expanding the abdomen (let it inflate like a balloon), then move the breath into your rib cage and, finally, all the way into your upper chest.

Exhale by reversing this action; begin at your collarbones and exhale down through your rib cage and into your abdomen. Contract your abdominal muscles as you finish exhaling.

You might find it helpful to lightly place your right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your rib cage to help direct the breath on its journey.

Begin by practicing for one minute and then gradually lengthen the practice to five minutes.

This technique helps to eliminate shallow chest breathing and encourages full exhalation and inhalation.

Once again, there's no need to push yourself or judge yourself for being anxious. The idea is simply to be quiet for a short time and notice your breath.


 

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PaigeDP
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had breathing problems ever since I had my first panic attack. In fact my second one was induced because I thought I wasn't breathing well I think. Even once as a child I remember running into my moms room saying I'm not breathing and crying and she said I was fine. I actually think that could have been my first panic attack ever! Anyways I've been doing yoga breathing exercises and I have had only a few times the past two days that I felt any anxiety at all :) I know not everyone is like that and it's not just because of my breathing exercises I've been doing better, but I do find them relaxing and make me feel more confident that I'm not just going to stop breathing! Also thank you kitt for your reply on this! I'm going to do that breathing technique in just a minute :)

lots of love and good luck

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   Posted 10/29/2009 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to add that I also have breathing issues due to anxiety. . . I had severe asthma as a child that actually was one of the things that helped contribute to the anxiety-panic I experience today.

Great advice from all. . . Those breathing exercises are a lifesaver :)
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benzsl
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   Posted 10/29/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
It is UNREAL what Anxiety can do! Breathing problems, rapid heart rate, tight muscles (neck and chest), headaches, chills/sweats, and changes in blood pressure are all ones I have experienced over the past six months! Since I started 10mg Paxil two months back for anxiety, I did not need any Xanax AND not one panic attack! The best advice a Dr gave to me is during the next panic attack, dont fight it, welcome it and explore what makes it different than the last attack AND concentrate on breathing. Funny thing is, that was my last panic attack and only lasted about one minute a couple months back.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/30/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety can cause just about any sx that is why it is often important to decide if you have any underlying disease process and start from there. If you are ok medically then you can learn to deal with the anxiety and using a peer support group like this one is a wise choice.

I wish you peace and do stick with us.

Hugs
Kitt
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