@rigenadaku – This is very interesting that you say this. From your start to end I’m starting to feel you are 100% right. I don’t think doctors (plural) would ALL just dismiss everyone with anxiety if they had some doubt this might be stemming from something more serious or easily treatable. Their reputations are on the line and also this is what they do. I feel like you are sooooo right when you say this may be in our heads. I found that mine started after a recent bout with a little anxiety. I don’t get panic attacks or big anxiety attacks either. However, I was under a pretty decent amount of work stress and I am also a borderline hypochondriac. I found myself for about a week having to take deep breaths every 5-10 minutes or so and they felt amazing! But, shortly after this anxiety started to simmer down I found the need to continuously try to take these deep breaths and falling short almost like I “broke” them. The more I focused that I wasn’t getting that breath, the more I tried and hence SOB feeling kicks in, anxiety starts to spike but that great feeling doesn’t return because now it seems that’s what we are focused on. It’s an evil and cruel cycle and I believe this is definitely a mind game for most of us in here. I feel like when I’m occupied with things, talking on the phone or whatever I breathe like a normal person should….involuntarily!!! Focusing on your breathing is actually an OCD disorder as well. Just relax your mind and try to not think about the breathing and everything seems fine. You’ll also find that when you really do need a deep breath and your body shoots for one that it’s actually there. But and the keyword here is BUT….let your body do it naturally. How did your appointment turn out in North Carolina?