Coping with the passing out feeling

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I'm at my wits end with this anxiety. Waking up every day hoping for a good day but no such thing. The worst bit for me is the non stop light headed feeling and feeling like I'm actually going to faint when in shops.. what do you do to cope with this? It's raining my life I can't leave the house

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    Hi weeasy am in the same boat as you! I just done a cbt course and learned that you can't pass out with anxiety/panic attack. It might feel like ur going to pass out due to the blood pumping around ur body cos ur in what's called fight or flight mode where it makes you feel uneasy cos you don't want to be in that situation where u think ur going to pass out! Keep fronting it don't hide from anxiety face it head on only you can beat it not medication 
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      Im convinced the feeling isn't even anxiety but something seriously wrong with me. I get to the stage before actually fainting and it scares the life out of me.I feel mildly light headed the rest of the time
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      sound like you have Health Anxiety, as I have.  You worry about anything to do with medical matters and always seem to have the signs for something bad.  Believe me I know.  You look at other people and think how do they just carry on with life like they do not worrying about anything......... Your not alone.   I have had this Anxiety three times in my life so far.  First time I had bad head aches and convinced myself I had a brain tumor.  Second time I was having heart palpitations and thought there was something wrong with my heart.  This time it started by being invited for tests at hospital and I convinced myself that I was going to have what they were testing..   I didnt in the end but I had to go on the Cit.
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      I have had anxiety and panic attacks for years now. I do faint while having them. My doctors have given me all sorts of tests and their only conclusion is that anxiety is what is causing my fainting spells.
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    Hi Weeasy, i get the same feeling like im only half on this planet if that makes sense, and when im shopping aswell that dizzy feeling comes on and then i panic incase i faint infront of everyone! Iv been controlling it quite well recently though, try concentrating on your breathing it really does work! Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds hold it for 3 then release through your mouth for 5! Hope you feel better soon xx
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    Do you get bad tension headaches too? 

    And I am so put off food! 

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      i force food down, but in bits, bananas, weetabix, nuts, mashed potatoes, yoghurt, custard. Drink lots of water.  I dont feel dizzy.   Sometimes later in the evening i can eat a bit of minced meat or a bit of salmon.  But if I was stood in the middle of the biggest supermarket I wouldnt know what i fancied to eat.

       

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    Hi Weeasy - I understand your feelings, and can relate to your difficulties. You say that you feel faint, and that this feeling becomes more intense in certain social situations (e.g. when shopping). You also mention that you've seen a number of doctors. What did they say? You're worried that it's something serious - and i can appreciate this. Yet it does sound like anxiety, and anxiety can be very serious. I've suffered from social anxiety disorder most of my life. I get especially anxious in certain situations, or when dealing with certain types of people (those in 'authority' or in a 'formal' position). This anxiety has - in many ways - ruined my life. But i think it's possible to get some help, and it's possible to 'manage' one's life around such anxious feelings. Some days are, for me, very bad (suicidal). Such days can go on and on, lasting weeks and months on end. But other days are okay - even, on occasion, good. I am getting help. And this forum is helpful. Before you can get the help you need, it's important that you try and identify the problem. Why not try speaking to your doctor again, and request seeing a mental health specialist? Is there any medication that might be useful? I've just started a something new for me, called pregabalin - and it seems to be helping. Let us know how things are ...

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    I too do not like this feeling, i avoid it by eating all the time, which probably isnt the best thing to do, however my weight is ok - i just graze on snacks.

    Something i have found to be an absolute god send is dextrose tablets, you can pick them up from corner shops and chemists. Lucozade tablets work the same.

    Everytime i feel weak i chew one and get an energy burst and im ok, give them a try, let me know how it goes.

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    Have you tried the deep breathing techniques the young man suggested in the post you put on about feeling light headed in your lecture? 

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