Pat's Answer

I think I might have anxiety, sometimes I get chest pains like I can't breathe.

Your Question

I think I might have anxiety, sometimes I get chest pains like I can’t breathe, and at first I thought it was a heart attack, I couldn’t see straight or walk straight, and I couldn’t breathe. Do you think it’s anxiety?


Hello, and welcome to Ask Pat.  

It sounds like you are having a very tough time with some of the symptoms you have been experiencing. We are sorry to hear this – we understand how difficult and scary this can feel and would like to thank you for sharing this problem with us. Having symptoms such as chest pains, finding it difficult to breathe and not being able to see or walk straight can be a very overwhelming experience, and our minds can naturally wonder if we are having a heart attack when having such a scary experience. It sounds like you are trying to figure out the cause of these physical symptoms, and you are exploring if it could be anxiety. Sometimes by identifying the cause of our symptoms, we can learn how to feel better and reduce any unwanted symptoms so well done for trying to find out more.   

You have the right to be happy and you have the right to get help with managing these thoughts and feelings. Ask Pat understands that feeling the way you have described can be very frightening and what’s more, you may even feel like you don’t know how to make those physical feelings go away. As we are not medically trained, we cannot say what the cause of these symptoms are, but we can recommend a visit to your GP or the A&E. If you feel you may be in immediate danger, you can contact emergency services on 999  or  112  from any mobile or landline, free of charge.  

Sometimes if we are worried about something, it can cause us to have the physical symptoms. Have you thought about sharing any worrying thoughts or describing some of the physical symptoms you experience with a trusted adult in your life, perhaps a parent, grandparent, aunt/uncle or someone you feel comfortable talking to? There are a few ways which may help you to manage anxiety such as chatting to a friend, listening to music, doing some exercise or learning something new, perhaps you can give these a try. You also might like to check out the following websites for information about mental health: ;  

We would like to talk to you more about how you have been feeling and explore what it is like for you having the symptoms you described. How would you feel about giving us a call on 1800 66 66 66? Or you could send us a text to 50101 or even have a webchat with us through The services are free and confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At Childline we really value your feelings and thoughts.  

You might also enjoy reading some articles on the Childline Website which may be useful to you: ;  

We hope you have found this response useful and that you get the support you need to help deal with what is going on for you at the moment. 

Take care, 

Ask Pat. 










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