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Hyperventilation and anxiety leads to panic attacks. I used to have them, they can feel like you're dying. I recommend seeing a therapist: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=23279349

Thanks, that advice in that post is really useful, I had started just keeping on with the task at hand and I'm glad to hear that was the right move. Breathing exercises just made me feel worse in the moment.

As to the therapist, I've had them off and on during particularly difficult times but nothing very long term and that has helped me so I think you're right it may be time to work out another couple month arrangement.

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