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Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is fast, deep breathing and is usually caused by extreme anxiety. It can happen during a panic attack. While it is frightening, it is not usually dangerous.

How do I know if someone is hyperventilating?

If someone is hyperventilating they will be:

How can I help someone who is hyperventilating?

Once they have stopped hyperventilating, encourage them to see their doctor to discuss the panic attack and what they can do to prevent or control any future attacks.

St John also has video advice on how to help someone who is hyperventilating.

What happens next?

Anxiety

Relaxation techniques

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. December 2016.

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