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Hello! I am a 21yr old female. I exercise 3 times a week, get 8hrs sleep, take a multi vitiamin & an extra 500 mg dose of vitamin c nightly, and consider myself healthy. However I do smoke. I have had panic attacks/anxiety for 3 or 4 yrs. I was on Paxil my senior year of high school, but before graduation, i stopped taking it. I dont want to take medicine forever. I still have anxiety, but am trying to learn to get over it, its all in my head anyways. Is there any non-prescription medicine I can take to ease the anxiety? Also, Within the last couple months, i have had trouble breathing. It seems like I can never get a satisfying breath. It feel like I am usually out of breath. I have to yawn to get that good satisfied breath. It has started to worry me. What is it? I have read several things on the internet, and it has got me worried! I want to be ME again, and be FREE again! Please email me asap! Thanks for your time!

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replied January 29th, 2006
Anxiety & Stress Answer A222
You can first visit your family doctor and request that a physician examine your physical condition. Then, a pulmonologist can help diagnose any respiratory problems using the following diagnostic tests that will exclude lung disease: an auscultation, a spirometria (vital capacity of lungs) and/or pick-flow-metria (air flow).

However, breathing problems can be caused by anxiety, which is frequently treated with psycho-therapy.Your doctor might recommend that you see a mental health professional in order to address anxiety. Additionally, you can ask a nutritionist about the following dietary supplements that can aid anxiety-treatment: Calcium is a natural tranquilizer; Magnesium relieves anxiety, tension and nervousness and is a natural anti-depressant; Vitamin B Complex promotes normal nervous system function; Vitamin C decreases stress and aids brain function; Zinc calms the central nervous system; Valerian reduces anxiety and is useful in treating insomnia; Kava has a calming affect that can aid sleep, restlessness and anxiety; A Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement can reduce anxiety and stress; 5-HTP helps regulate mood, appetite, behavior and sleep; Melatonin induces restful sleep; Passionflower, Chamomile and Catnip are safe, natural sedatives that promote relaxation and prevents panic attacks.

You can first visit your general physician, and then see a specialist, if necessary.

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