Does anyone feel weird in open spaces?

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So ive been complaining about this for so long but with little support or answers to what it is i just get told its all anxiety. Anyway when im in any open spaces mainly in supermarkets or shopping centres and even in my house, i feel panicked in open spaces like i feel detached from my body and numb and loss of control so i feel on edge because i feel like i need to hold on to something. The strange thing is if im pushin a trolley, or the pram or holding on to someone i feel fine. I just feel like i cant feel my body when im walking unaided in open spaces. Does anyone get this? I cant remember the last time ive went to town on my own because of this feeling, its almost a feeling of unbalance like i feel like i could fall x

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    i dont get the detached feeling but i get so dizzy when i walk into a shop to buy clothes ect i just can not concentrate i cant go shopping alone and if the person walks off it kind of feels like it would if you was watching a film and the camera zoomed in and is all wobbly i know it sounds mental .

    but it happens i hate going in really crowded places i cant even eat in a restraunt if its packed because i feel so dizzy and ill 

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      Me aswell, i avoid shopping centres completely now. My 2nd panic attack happened in one and havent had the courage to go back to one yet. Im new to anxiety and have only been suffering for a short peroid of time but in that time i have found so many places i cant go! I feel dizzy and feel like crying! Its actually a really weird sensastion but i feel like everything is amplified, and then my brain cant cope with it and i feel like im going mad! 
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      I just think people like us need to get together. Create a support group and help eachother. I feel like other people don't understand. They look at you like, nothing is wrong with you, I hate that!

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    Yes, I dosmile
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    Hi Moo88,

    I have a height phobia and wide open space phobia. The wide open space phobia is called agorophobia. I experience the same body sensations for both heights and wide open spaces.

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      Hi amys, i think agrophobia is like when you feel afraid to go out or you feel like something would happen if you go out because my brother had it anyway , in my case I don't get scared to go out but as i go out I after sometime i start to feel weird
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    Yeaaaah i exactly feel the same even last night when i went to the mall as i was walking i was feeling numb , confused i was wondering why this happen to me only when i go out to malls or open areas bcoz when i am at home I don't feel that way anxiety is horrible thing
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    What you've described is Argraphobia. Whenever I go out I always feel detached, sick, heart races and unbalanced too, its a horrible feeling isn't it?

    The only advice I can give you is whenever you feel like this, is to close your eyes for a second (don't worry what other people think) and breathe slowly and try and think of something or someone that makes you happy or listen too music, its hard but it usually works for me.

    Hope that helps smile x

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    Hiya I feel exactly the same and always think I am the only one who feels dizzy.  I hate open spaces in case I get stranded really dizzy and fall over making a fool of myself.  When shopping I always stay close to walls or railings etc and have to really push myself to cross an open space and sometimes try to grab onto things but then I worry that I look stupid or even worse drunk!  I am fine pushing a trolley as well and also weirdly walking on grass or sand is fine too.  I know that when I am uncomfortable or crossing that open space I do hold my breath it is trying to remember to breathe but that is very hard.  And my worse thing is crossing roads hate it get really panicky and dizzy then worry about getting run over......I will not cross at zebra or pedestrian crossings hate people waiting and watching me cross that sets of panic so I try and wait for it to be really quiet with no traffic that I can see......this can make crossing the road take a very long time!
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      Yes i get exactly the same feel dizzy an like I'm going to fall over its really werid. But fine with pram trolley people etc

      Have you found anything to help u through this yet?

      Thanks

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      That is weird coz I am the same I even bought a rug sack recently that has a wheel attachment so if I feel unsteady I can wheel it as I am fine pushing or pulling something I have also taken an umbrella with me a long one that I can use like a walking stick!  Just got an iPod that may help if I try to distract myself but not found anything that helps I just have to stop myself and say breathe as I tend to hold my breathe but that is easier said then done.  Until I joined this forum thought I was the only one with these dizzy spells 
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      If you find a cure please let me know. I have had doctors suggest physical therapy but I figure they would just get me comfortable with walking in their surroundings. I want to walk up my street on the sidewalk. I dont want to use a walker if no one is there to hold my hand. I work in retail so I just use a grocery cart there.Im tired of people asking me how Im feeling. I was never feeling bad! I just tell people Im crazy.
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      Hi Beady, I just found this web site while searching in web browser.  I read your text and couldn't believe how similar our symptoms are and ongoing.   My symptoms started nearly 6 years ago and came on suddenly.  Naturally, I had any physical reason ruled out by neurologist, radiologist, physical therapist, and attending physicians at a major U.S.teaching hospital as well as experts on "dizzy" @ Mayo Clinics in USA.   The only thing they could come up with after thousands of dollars in tests is that it is psychosomatic response to an old traumatic memory, like PTSS.  It is all in your head?   B/C there is no physical reason for the symptoms.  

      The therapy of choice is EMDR and of course a trial of anti-depressants or anti-anxiety prescriptions.   I opted out on the prescription and am trying the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for treating an un-conscience  trauma. Of course nearly anyone can look back at childhood and find something that may have had a negative impact emotionally, right?

         So,  the verdict is still out.   I am not cured (after recent weekly visits to a qualified health care counselor)  nor wonder if anyone really knows how to cure this mysterious syndrome shared by everyone posting on this site.  It just seems so strange, doesn't it, very mysterious at the least.   Shouldn't someone have found   a cure by now, something that really works!   

      Meditation, nutritional supplements, hypnosis?  Anything?

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       I just found this web site while searching in web browser.  I read your text and couldn't believe how similar our symptoms are and ongoing.   My symptoms started nearly 6 years ago and came on suddenly.  Naturally, I had any physical reason ruled out by neurologist, radiologist, physical therapist, and attending physicians at a major U.S.teaching hospital as well as experts on "dizzy" @ Mayo Clinics in USA.   The only thing they could come up with after thousands of dollars in tests is that it is psychosomatic response to an old traumatic memory, like PTSS.  It is all in your head?   B/C there is no physical reason for the symptoms.  

      The therapy of choice is EMDR and of course a trial of anti-depressants or anti-anxiety prescriptions.   I opted out on the prescription and am trying the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for treating an un-conscience  trauma. Of course nearly anyone can look back at childhood and find something that may have had a negative impact emotionally, right? 

         So,  the verdict is still out.   I am not cured (after recent weekly visits to a qualified health care counselor)  nor wonder if anyone really knows how to cure this mysterious syndrome shared by everyone posting on this site.  It just seems so strange, doesn't it, very mysterious at the least.   Shouldn't someone have found   a cure by now, something that really works!   

      Meditation, nutritional supplements, hypnosis?  Anything?

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      Hi Beady, I just found this web site while searching in web browser.  I read your text and couldn't believe how similar our symptoms are and ongoing.   My symptoms started nearly 6 years ago and came on suddenly.  Naturally, I had any physical reason ruled out by neurologist, radiologist, physical therapist, and attending physicians at a major U.S.teaching hospital as well as experts on "dizzy" @ Mayo Clinics in USA.   The only thing they could come up with after thousands of dollars in tests is that it is psychosomatic response to an old traumatic memory, like PTSS.  It is all in your head?   B/C there is no physical reason for the symptoms.  

      The therapy of choice is EMDR and of course a trial of anti-depressants or anti-anxiety prescriptions.   I opted out on the prescription and am trying the EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for treating an un-conscience  trauma. Of course nearly anyone can look back at childhood and find something that may have had a negative impact emotionally, right? 

         So,  the verdict is still out.   I am not cured (after recent weekly visits to a qualified health care counselor)  nor wonder if anyone really knows how to cure this mysterious syndrome shared by everyone posting on this site.  It just seems so strange, doesn't it, very mysterious at the least.   Shouldn't someone have found   a cure by now, something that really works!   

      Meditation, nutritional supplements, hypnosis?  Anything?

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      Omg I have the same problem! But I also use a walking stick to help me cross the road but sometimes it doesn't help and I instantly start panicing. I'm 28 years old now and I'm still feeling this way. I still live with her and I have to have her take me to work each day and it's like I feel bad cause I just want to try to do it myself, but I just get scared to cross the road by myself. Unless if there is a whole bunch of people crossing the road with me, I would be okay, but then that would have to be during our busy hours and I don't really work a whole lot of days like that. I just wish that it would end! I feel like I'm cheating myself too and it's making it worse.

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      with me it all started about 24 Years ago when i became afraid to go out when it was windy ( ibwas fine going out alone when it wasnt windy) but then around 1 and a half years ago i just seemed to have become scared to go outside alone, im ok alone if im walking next to something like a car or a wall and for some reason im absolutely fine on grassbut if its a large open space with nothing next to me then im petrified and feel as though ill fall over, its embarresing as people look at me and think im either drunk or on drugs or crazy. its affected my life a great deal, i cant work and hsve to get a taxi to the local supermarket, iv had a course of CBT but it didnt help and iv had two sessions of hypnotherapy at £140 per two hour session and that didnt help either iv got cbt oil and its not working, i cant afford top treatment so pleeeease help me anyone

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      Dear nbw70,

      I am using this device called, BAUD. I tried it last year with a therapist (in Florida) and it worked after only 2 sessions @ the therapist rate $150. It uses sound waves to re-set a brain pattern that is causing fear to trigger symptom & control your life. Long story short, then I had a relapse 2 weeks post treatment when I had to go thru a health care trauma (a real life threating fear) which I think is what re-triggered symptoms. But after a year passed and trying yet another approach, accupuncture and NLP etc. but only getting worse on my feet (all the same you described) I decided purchased my own BAUD, for self administered home treatments. So now I no longer have to pay a "therapist rate" to get treatments. THis is a machine cleared by FDA and have helped 100's of people with similiar problems like ours.

      You can look up the BAUD and all the details if you google it. TMI?

      I am feeling some relief and hope everyday that passes "I may soon say, I used to have ...."

      SIncerely, Madonna

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