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Choking anxiety symptoms


You feel as though there is something stuck in your throat, or that you feel you have a lump in your throat. You may also feel that you can barely swallow, that there is a “tightness” in the throat, or that you have to really force yourself to swallow. Sometimes this feeling can lead you to think that you may suffocate, choke, or get something stuck in your throat.

You may also choke, gasp, gag, or have to swallow hard. While there is no apparent reason why this occurs (there’s nothing in your throat to cause you to do this), you feel you have to or are forced to because of some perceived blockage in your throat or airway.

Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our Anxiety Symptoms chapter. We list all of the symptoms associated with anxiety disorder in this chapter, including the anxiety symptom Choking.

Each symptom listed in Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area contains a complete description of what the symptom feels like and how others describe it, we explain why anxiety causes each symptom, we provide natural and practical ways you can eliminate each symptom, and how common each symptom is (the percentage of people who experience it).

You can read more about this symptom at our choking feeling anxiety symptom page.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to eliminate problematic anxiety and its symptoms once and for all.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated June 2015. Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including choking.