• lari lari
    November 30, 2010
    Can anxiety cause excessive yawning?
    lari lari
    November 30, 2010

    I yawn a lot every day. It's really bothering me. Sometimes I feel the need for air so I breathe harder through my nose and mouth. I've been yawning like this for nearly three weeks. Is this caused by anxiety? Please help!

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  • Merely Me
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    November 30, 2010
    Merely Me
    Health Guide
    November 30, 2010

    Hi Lari

     

    I guess my first question is...are you taking any medications for anxiety or mood?  The reason I ask is that some of these medications can have a side effect of causing you to yawn.

     

    The next thing I would ask is if you have seen a medical doctor?  You are thinking this is anxiety induced but there are other medical conditions which can elicit a yawning response...such as...if you are feeling short of breath...it may be asthma induced.  In some rare cases it could be a neurological problem.

     

    Yet excessive yawning can also be a symptom of generalized anxiety disorder.  Here is an article describing the symptom of yawning.

     

    I would make an appointment with your general practitioner first to rule out any medical causes for this symptom and then you may be referred to a mental health specialist if anxiety is suspected to be the culprit.

     

    I hope this gets better for you.  let us know how you are doing in the weeks to come.


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