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.

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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2015. Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including the anxiety symptom shortness of breath.