In case you missed this freecast, here is the video for you! What is Asthma? What is Anxiety? What are the common factors? There are currently 3 million Canadians living with asthma. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada 1 out of 10 Canadians are suffering from some form of anxiety disorder. Anxiety and Asthma have similar symptoms i.e shortness of breath, wheezing, difficulty breathing or tightness of chest. It is sometimes difficult to tell one apart from the other. Asthma can trigger anxiety and vice versa.