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Asthma and anxiety


The last couple of days have been pretty hard. I’ve had several panic attacks. I decided to come in to work today, but I’m terrified I will have a panic attack in front of my students. It is nice to have the distraction of being at work, but this is still hard to deal with.

Anyone have asthma? I feel like asthma attacks bring on the panic attacks. Or maybe it’s the other way around. I can’t always tell which one starts first. They have been going hand in hand for me lately.

5 Replies

Well done for being brave, not easy when you've been having panic attacks. Hope you have a calm and peaceful day at work.

cricketannie in reply to CazO46

Thank you! So far, everything is good. I’m trying really hard to stay positive. Fake it till you make it, right?

CazO46 in reply to cricketannie

Some days you just have to do what you have to do to get through but you'll will do it 🙂

Hi Cricketannie

I suffer from asthma and panic attacks and to be honest I do not know which one does what. Sometimes I’m out of breath and have no clue If is my asthma or panic attacks. Even if it is my asthma, it ends up as a panic attack because of course I start panicking and there it comes. I do take my asthma medicine and try to keep it under control as much as I can. I do understand what you are growing through! ((Hugs))

i hate panic attacks the most out of all of what i go through because of the unpredictability... which sometimes brings on a panic attack because i freak out trying to not have one. terrible, huh?

you are correct in making the connection that you can't tell which one comes first! because panic attacks mimic a lot of common things that we do (get out of breath, heart races due to exercise or going up stairs, dizziness, nausea etc.) it is hard to tell if the symptoms you are experiencing is something normal or if it is the beginning of a panic attack. research has shown that people who experience one panic attack actually end up having more due to the similarity of symptoms to other things. for example, if you start having trouble breathing due to your asthma, it may just be your asthma and you need your inhaler. however, your brain automatically jumps to oh gosh what if this is me having a panic attack which sends your body into panic attack mode. it is helpful in these times to take yourself out of whatever situation you are in, center yourself, take a deep breath, and start really trying to see if it is your asthma or an attack.

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