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Katharina  Star, Ph.D.

I Can't Breathe!

By August 24, 2011

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Panic disorder can feel like it is literally taking your breath away. One of the most frightening symptoms of panic disorder is feeling like you cannot breathe. This often occurs during a panic attack, making the person feel as if they are not able to get enough air into their lungs. Feelings of breathlessness can be terrifying and will often escalate into increased panic and anxiety. Even though it can be very scary at the time, this shortness of breath or hyperventilation is not life-threatening.

Learn more about why this happens and  try out a quick breathing exercise by checking out this FAQ:

Why Do I Feel Like I Can't Breathe?

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Do you experience shortness of breath due to anxiety or panic? What strategies have helped you through breathing issues? Share your thoughts here or login to the active support forum.

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