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Shortness of Breath Anxiety

Shortness of breath:

Shortness of breath may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

Shortness of breath can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.

Shortness of breath can occur rarely and last only for a few moments, occur frequently and last for an extended period of time (minutes to an hour), or persist indefinitely.

Shortness of breath can be mildly noticeable, moderately bothersome, or greatly problematic.

Shortness of breath can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All variations and combinations are common.

For more information about the shortness of breath symptom and what causes it, see our "shortness of breath anxiety symptoms" here.

For a more detailed explanation about all anxiety symptoms, including shortness of breath, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website. Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area is our "Symptoms" chapter. This chapter contains the most comprehensive information about anxiety symptoms anywhere.

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 the anxiety symptom shortness of breath.