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    Yes - it's a major symptom of anxiety. However, many people have a tendency to hyperventilate when they're a bit flustered about something, without suffering from diagnosable anxiety. This is particularly true of young people, and especially young women. I did it a lot when I was young, and it occasionally happens even now, in my 70s, if I get uptight about something. I was diagnosed with depression in my 20s but recovered completely over the next 10 years, and have never felt myself to be a particularly anxious person.

    It's completely harmless, although it can make you feel unwell for half an hour or so. And it's not necessarily a sign of severe anxiety or, indeed, of any other physical or mental illness.

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      i had the attack about 3 hours ago where my heart pounding like crazy and i really really really cant breathe to the point i really feel like dying. when the doc syas that i hve hyperventilation syndrome i felt relief. but somehow until right now i feel hard to breathe only a little and feel a little scared. is this normal? have u ever felt this way too?
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      i have been to many different doctors and 3 of them says that i have anxiety and since my first episode i have been under anxiety like everyday. but today the feels is a little different and very scary that usual and that is when i was diagnosed with this. can u share me how do u usually feel?
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      it's different for everyone. I get pain all over and I feel terrified. You need to find something that makes you comfortable and keep doing that. Focus on your good memories and try to get back to that.

      Think about the happier moments in your life, and try to get back to those. It's hard but you can do it.

      If you need anything, keep posting on this forum or send me a PM. 

      All the best.

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      Yes, everyone feels this way during attacks of hyperventilation. When you're doing it, it doesn't feel as if you're breathing too deep or too fast, it feels normal. As soon as you start trying to breathe normally again, your mind tricks your body into thinking it's not getting enough air.

      The way round this is to make an effort to slow down your breathing and breathe less deeply for as long as you can. As soon as you feel you absolutely need to, take just one or two gulps of air, then return to the controlled breathing again. At the outset, I can't manage normal breathing for more than half a minute before I have to gasp. If you keep this up, you'll gradually find the breathless, panicky feeling is wearing off. It's something you can train yourself to do with a little effort.

      Btw, the doctor probably told you about the other effects hyperventilation has on you, but here they are, just in case: dizziness, nausea, pins-and-needles in the extremities, especially fingers and lips, and stiffening of the muscles in fingers and face. All completely harmless and will go away once you get your breathing back to normal.

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      thanks a lot ! the doctor did said that she experienced it to when she was around my age and it is still happening to her. she also did said that it is common for a student around my age. i did feel a little bit better. and when you also said that you feel the same i felt really relief. really thanks! i will pm you if anything ever happens because i dont think i can do this on my own haha
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      normally i just felt breathless but today when i was in car with my friends suddenly i felt i really cant breath and it was like i really was gonna die. even when i tried to convince and calm myself it still does not working. i even went to 2 doctors today and right now i feel a little better. does you feel exactly like this too? so its not only me????
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      haha yeah but she is a doctor so she fully understand herself that she really does have the syndrome. for someone like me who likes to overthink and easily scared even with just a flu i just cant stop but feels scared haha
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      Well, your doctor probably didn't understand when she was suffering from the syndrome as a young girl. I didn't either. It was only when I started training as a nurse that I figured out what was going on. I expect it was the same for her.

      You do understand now, so there's no need to be scared. This kind of anxiety isn't a badge of honour or a game, you know - it could wreck your whole life, and I don't want that for you. Seriously.cheesygrin

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