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Re: Shortness of breath

Posted by Scott L. Schofield on December 8, 1999, at 10:07:00

In reply to Shortness of breath, posted by Mare on April 7, 1999, at 8:10:00

> Before I was diagnosed as clinically depressed, I was having bouts of shortness of breath which would last for weeks at a time. My GP shrugged it off, but it was very annoying to me. After I started taking Celexa, this has stopped. Could it have been some sort of anxiety reaction? I have never had anxiety or panic attacks like alot of others do, but just curious about this.

I experience shortness of breath and fatigue after climbing a flight of stairs. Actually, this starts even before I reach the top. Performing other small activities causes the same thing.

Also, I experience something that feels like an inability to get a full breath of air. No matter how deeply I try to inhale, it feels like the need for the breath remains unsatisfied. This occurs at any time, even if I sit on my butt all day. I also find myself sighing from time to time.

All of this stuff happens without the presence of anxiety. I have been diagnosed as bipolar, and these symptoms are part of my depressed state. This sort of thing is not uncommon in depression. The few times that I have responded to an antidepressant, these symptoms disappeared.

- Scott




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