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Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is breathing more than your body needs. It's fast, deep, over-breathing and is commonly caused by extreme anxiety. Hyperventilation is common during a panic attack. While it's frightening, it isn't usually dangerous.

How to tell if someone is hyperventilating

Hyperventilation can cause someone to:

Helping someone who is hyperventilating

Once they've 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 has video advice on how to help someone who is hyperventilating.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2019.

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Anxiety

Relaxation techniques

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