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I also have anxiety and anemia. My ferritin is lower than yours-7. However, I have had anxiety for years and also been chronically anemic too. (So, hard to say when it began to correlate it to anemia.)

I will say this however, the more you have symptoms that deal with breathing-to me, the more likely you will have anxiety symptoms as it is scary and not something younger people are accustomed to dealing with. When I was having breathing problems, I would worry. It caused a tightness in my chest, which made me less able to breath normally. Which made me worry more. Etc. It is a cycle. Once I decided that it was my anxiety and not something else, I calmed down a bit, and my incidence of breathing problems has lessened. (Even without having my anemia or ferritin fully resolved.)

I would treat your anxiety as seriously as any other ailment. Find out how to deal with that and you will have less of it. I talk myself mentally out of it. I say, "the more you think about it and freak out, the harder it will be to breath-so cut it out!"

P.S. Years ago, when I didn't know what anxiety was, I got my first panic attack which ended in me being picked up off of the ground by a paramedic as I had passed out-taken to an ER for heart tests and given a look by the paramedics and medical staff that I was wasting their time. They seemed even angered by me insisting that it was my heart and not nothing. Nowadays, medical staff is more educated I think in terms of what it feels like to a patient when they are having a panic attack-it feels like a heart attack. So, like don't look at me like I am a drama queen!:)
In my opinion, Zoloft isn't worth a crap. It didn't help me. In truth, nothing medicinal helped. It was up to me to convince myself that I was the cause. I was the reason I felt like this. I had to feel the beginnings of the attack and to stop everything I was doing at that time and do some self talk. I explained to myself that if I don't slow down my breathing and relax, a bad one is coming on. As they say, it is all in your head--and that is where the cure lies. I still get them, but never as bad as I did as I know how to calm myself prior to it getting out of control.

I am now on meds, but still deal with it. I had an abusive childhood and it seems to have carried over in this manner. My sister also deals with it. She has the kind that makes her pull her hair out-literally.

Once you get your iron stores up, you will feel better. Once you BELIEVE that you are in charge of your body and mind and make them do what you want-they will get lesser and lesser.

Ever tried anti-anxiety meds? Zoloft is NOT one. Ask your dr. for one. You are on an antidepressant.

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