Q. Kindly suggest what has to be done to manage breathlessness associated with anxiety?

Answered by
Dr. Suresh Kumar G D
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Feb 06, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a best friend who suffers from anxiety and I saw her almost dying today because of a panic attack she had. All her life she thought she had a problem with her heart but she went to see a doctor and he said she is in perfect health. She starts shaking and cannot breathe and I am really scared and try to calm her down but she cannot breathe. She cannot stop shaking for at least half an hour. I do not know what to do and I hope you can tell me.

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Paediatrics Psychiatry
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Hello,

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Panic attacks related to anxiety can be a scary experience. But remember it is not a life-threatening experience. You can encourage your friend to seek professional support to manage her panic attacks and anxiety. She will need a complete assessment following which talking therapy and medication can be prescribed. Meanwhile, she can try progressive muscle relaxation exercises and deep breathing techniques to help reduce her stress levels. You can contact us again if further advice is needed.

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