Because of all the non-stop dizziness I feel.....and I see that is a HUGE symptom here.....I'm just curious if anyone has actually fainted? I won't even go to the store alone....in fear that I might pass out amongst strangers....but as dizzy as I've gotten I haven't fainted yet.
Why can't we just stop our minds from doing this to us? It is wearing me out!!
Fainting is a MAJOR fear of anxiety sufferers. It's right behind heart attack and death. The psychology behind it is that we fear losing control. Fainting because of an anxiety attack is RARE. I've never met a person (in real life or online) who actually fainted during an anxiety attack. Many, many people fear they will faint or FEEL like they'll faint, but don't. Now, that said, I'm sure that somewhere out there someone has fainted during an attack, and I'm sure some anxiety sufferers have fainted from causes unrelated to panic. If it helps any, remember that your blood pressure generally goes up during a panic attack, and most people faint due to a drop in blood pressure (that's not always the cause, but usually). So yep, it's a common fear but it will probably never happen to you during a panic attack. I'd put money on it!
Thanks for the reassurance.....it helps. I'm sitting here right now just crying....because I can't seem to get a grip on feeling like this anymore. I have therapy later today.....but sometimes I'm not even sure they understand. How could they, if they haven't actually felt any of this?
I should know I won't faint....since I haven't yet....but my head tells me a whole other story. I can't even manage to stand and do my dishes without having to sit down every minute. And then I do the "heart attack thing".....always afraid I will overdo things and have a heart attack. I even stopped walking because I was afraid I would go way over what my heart rate should be....and just fall over dead. I'm pathetic aren't I ???? I've been posting a lot on here lately, and I feel like I'm just a pathetic....whining...hypochondriac.
It will be okay...I really,really, really doubt that you will faint. This is such a common symptom of us anxiety sufferers! I have been feeling faint every day for the past week off and on. Whenever I am home alone I get this fear that my heart is going to stop or I am going to pass out. I was scared to go into work yesterday in case I fainted in front of everyone! Once I got there, I got to working and forgot all about it. It just kind of assures me that it is all in my head when I realize how when I think about it, I feel it, but when I am preoccupied the faint feeling goes away (usually)!
I also can relate to being afraid of getting your heart rate too high. This is also a problem of mine at the minute. When I have been going to the gym I panic as soon as I start to get a little out of breath. I think things like "Do they defibrillators here for when I pass out and my heart stops?" and I wonder if anyone knows CPR. I don't tell ANYONE these thoughts because they sound silly even to me but I can't help but think them!
So, I know how you feel to be frustrated with what is essentially hypochondria. I think this is what most of us on the board suffer with. The good thing is we are not in this alone and so many others understand EXACTLY what we are going through. We are not crazy or dying, we are just suffering with an affliction that is quite common in our society--anxiety.
And well, I've heard that anxious people are much more likely to be highly intelligent and creative, so at least we've got that going for us!
Take care...you will be alright. As my doctor says, there is no reason we HAVE to feel this way...there are ways to control it, and some ways work better than others for each of us. So....maybe that therapist isn't the right one for you? Either way, just try to remember that the chances of your heart stopping or you fainting are miniscule. These are things I need to remember myself, I know, but they are true.
Thank you Feona for that reassurance....I went upstairs to lay down...but instead decided to make my bed, and stop feeling sorry for myself. It's working for now, and I will just be happy with that....and take whatever "good" I can get. I think you might be right about getting a different therapist. This place I go to has a huge turn-around rate on therapists, and I think I need to find one that will stick around, and can get to know me. I had one like that a year ago, that I had seen for two years, and she was absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately I moved, and lost her.
I do think I will go tomorrow and have my ears checked, just to rule that out. Maybe if I absolutely knew it was nothing but anxiety I could handle it a lot better, instead of always thinking Im terminally ill.
I will be forever grateful for this board, and the support from people like you. It has gotten me through some pretty crappy days.
Diane I can relate to your problem. Every time I start to feel an anxiety attack coming on I think that I'm having a heart attack. They tell me that this is all part of anxiety. I do have to say that I have fainted once. I was out at a bar with some friends. I was fine as can be. The weird thing is I didn't even feel an attack coming on. One min I was fine the next I felt sick and than the next thing I knew I had 2 guys carring me out. I went to the E.R where they tested me for the date rape drug, if I was preg. all kinds of stuff. After they ruled everything out they asked if I had anxiety problems before. I told them yes and they said that this could happen...rare but it could. I than told the doctors that I was fine, having fun and relaxed. They said that a person can get an attack even when they are at there most relaxed. I have only felt this feeling 2 times after that...but never again have I fainted. I know this wasn't much help but I just wanted to let you know your not alone in the way your feeling. Good luck.
Normally when we have an attack our blood pressure is high, we are essentially on high alert at that time, fight or flight response kicking in. To faint in most cases the opposite would have to be true, our blood pressure would have to drop in order for us to faint. Every single time I have had an anxiety or panic attack my blood pressure has been HIGH when checked and almost every single one of those times I have feared fainting because of the symptoms I was having but in ten years of this I never once have fainted.
I have fainted several times in the last 13 years matter of fact my first faint and tons of anxiety symptoms 24/7 for an entire year is what caused me to seek help.Anyway, after alot of doctors,specialists and testing nothing was found other then generalized anxiety disorder/borderline agoraphobia.Like the poster above though fainting for me was never a drug out deal it was a pretty sudden thing with its own lil set of symptoms..pre dome symptoms (before faint).So I did not feel like I may faint like you speak of and I know what your feeling been there alot but rather I knew for absolute sure something was just majorlly wrong.I would suddenly feel like I had to use the bathroom or get sick then I would get kind of scared,then id feel dizzy or lightheaded (majorally) then my vision would start to go black with ringing ears.I would go to the floor and out id go.Now this all happens within a matter of seconds.I later learned I could avoid the actual faint used the technique once and it worked.I do agree this is a rare thing.Do I think you will faint? NO.I was told by one of the doctors I had seen "some people are just prone to faint and I believe you are one of those people and there is no actual health issue as the cause." All others told me it was due to anxiety and stress after ALOT of good tests.Like I said earlier though the actual feeling of dizziness before you faint is alot different then what you describe you would not at all be able to function with the dizziness before a faint rather you would more then likely go to the floor cause its just that bad.Anyway,I do not at all mean to scare anyone with sharing this but rather just give some heads up I guess that it does happen to SOME (very few) of us anxiety sufferers.I am still kicking and doing pretty good I must say.I seriously think all those thinking they will faint because of that lightheaded/dizzy feeling that is with them for hours on in should try and relax cause chances are it will never happen as I said above fainting is a sudden thing not a slow/drug out process.I hope you will feel alot better real soon take care