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Why can't I breathe when I have to speak to people?

11 Answers
Last Updated: 06/11/2018 at 6:16pm
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Top Rated Answers
September 21st, 2015 4:43am
Sometimes when people experience anxiety or panic attacks, it can make breathing very hard. You may have shortness of breath and accelerated blood pulse, along with other physical symptoms.
December 29th, 2015 7:55pm
This is called social anxiety, you just can't talk to people whether they are new or not but it can be cured by being confident and actually talk to them
May 14th, 2015 12:40am
You may be suffering from a bit of anxiety. I would take some tests to see if that's a possibility. The trouble with having difficulty talking to someone is that it's both a mental and physical issue. Here's a website which might help you I hope this helps!
November 9th, 2015 4:54pm
Because you might be affraid of telling something stupid, or they could laugh at anything you say. You may had some similar experience.
January 16th, 2015 9:33pm
I'd say the thought of having to do something would be overwhelming and feeling overwhelmed can effect our breathing ! I choose to do things and it helps take away the stress and gives me power !
May 5th, 2015 6:13am
Not being able to breathe or trouble breathing can be a symptom of anxiety, or social anxiety. It comes from feeling unsafe near people.
December 22nd, 2015 1:58am
You probably have social anxiety! Try getting the little words out! Try yoga at home! Go out for a run and get into social programs to help that!
May 28th, 2015 6:45pm
Shortness of breath is a common sign of social anxiety, and many people suffer from different degrees of it. You may want to research coping strategies, and there are many psychological explanations, even if you were just to look at what they teach in A=Level psychology, that would give you some insight.
April 11th, 2016 8:10am
This can be because you are feeling a little nervous or anxious. If you know this is something that happens to you practice mindful breathing before you begin speaking to other people. It's been shown that breathing in for 4 seconds, hold it for 2 seconds and then breath out for 6 reduces stress.
May 23rd, 2016 2:03pm
That could be anxiety or getting really nervous maybe it's the person your talking to, what your talking about could be your really stressed out worried about something
June 11th, 2018 6:16pm
When you feel anxious when socializing, you may be feeling social anxiety. Social anxiety is something a lot of us have to overcome, but you can do it!