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Sensation of not getting enough oxygen in lungs, need to take deep breaths, yawn. Causes?

I have a problem sometimes feeling like I am getting enough oxygen into my lungs. I have NO problem breathing in and out, and I know oxygen is obviously getting there, but sometimes I have to either take a very deep breath or make myself yawn to feel like I am getting air deep enough. It is not anxiety , as I have no problems with that and have nothing that I am stressed about. I am 36. What could it be?
Asked On : Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for your query. It appears that your perceived difficulty in breathing is psychogenic in origin, most probably due to an underlying anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder can manifest as psychic, somatic/bodily as well as autonomic (more sweating, trembling etc) symptoms. You can try out yoga, meditation and breathing relaxation exercises initially before a psychiatric evaluation if required. Hope you found the information useful.
Dr Sundar Gnanavel
Answered: Thu, 3 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Firstly, if you are having no problem in breathing, then your lungs will automatically take in the adequate amount of oxygen. You don't have to take any voluntary efforts or "extra deep breaths" to ensure that there is adequate oxygen.

Though you mention that you are don't think this is anxiety related, this problem does appear to be psychological. Please remember, that anxiety can manifest itself with not only psychological symptoms, but with physical symptoms also. This physical manifestation of anxiety is called "somatic anxiety" and can be present even when there is no obvious psychological stress.

I would advise you not to worry about this and breathe as usual, without any extra effort.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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