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Guide to panic attack breathing

guide to panic attack breathing

Panic Attack Breathing

Panic attack breathing is a great tool to learn to help you cope.   When people are anxious, they tend to take rapid, shallow breaths that come directly from the chest. This type of breathing is called thoracic or chest breathing. When you’re anxious, you may not even be aware that you’re breathing this way. Breathing through the diaphragm, sometimes called abdominal or belly breathing, has been linked to reduced feelings of anxiety and panic.

panic attack breathing

Panic attack breathing is a great tool to learn to help you cope.


The easiest way to determine your breathing pattern is to put one hand on your upper abdomen near the waist and the other on the middle of your chest. As you breathe, notice which hand raises the most. If you are breathing properly, your abdomen should expand and contract with each breath. It is especially important to be aware of these differences during stressful and anxious times when you are more likely to breathe from your chest.
The above, often called panic attack breathing,  will not help to eliminate panic attacks but will help you cope with the symptoms.   To learn to eliminate anxiety / panic attacks for good, please go here.

Suggested reading regarding panic attack breathing:

Breathing Techniques to Calm Anxiety and Panic – HealthyPlace
The most important part of recovering from panic attacks is proper breathing. Learn breathing techniques to help you deal with your next panic attack.

Panic attack – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This can result in the person experiencing a panic attack seeking treatment in an emergency room. However, since chest pain and shortness of breath are indeed hallmark …
Free self-help for those suffering from panic attacks.
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