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Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Gina Barner, Community Member, asks

Q: Can anxiety make you dizzy and literally make you feel like you are going to pass out? And,does it make your head feel heavy and weird?

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kiwiEJ, Community Member
9/17/10 7:49am

Anxiety can cause you to feel many things physically.

 

When we feel anxious our bodys respond in such a way that can make us feel exactly the way you have stated (dizzy, faint etc.) This response is hardwired into us and is commonly known as the "fight or flight" response. 

 

During the "fight or flight" response our body undergoes a series of responses, we experience an intense adrenaline rush, adrenaline makes our hearts beat faster and because of this we need more oxygen so we breathe faster sometimes hyperventilating (getting too much oxygen) and because of this increase of oxygen in our system we can begin to feel dizzy, faint and make our heads feel heavy and weird.

 

So in a nut shell, YES anxiety can make us feel dizzy, faint, and very strange...

 

Next time try some relaxation techniques to slow your breathing down, once your breathing is under control things will start to feel a bit better..

 

I hope this helps

 

*E-J*

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Dizzy MT, Community Member
11/ 2/10 7:43pm

I feel exactly the same way...you are not alone!  I constantly feel dizzy/woozy and have had every test under the sun and they all say the same thing- there is nothing wrong.  How long have you had the symptoms?  Are you feeling better now?  

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sydney simpson, Community Member
5/30/11 6:57pm

you are not alone.  anxiety can make you feel EXACTLY the way you described.  I am going through it right now and it is just awful.  I would be totally hopeless if i had not gone through this once before about 4 months ago....and realized that you have to push through it.  YOU ARE NOT GOING CRAZY it just feels like it.  I can remember thinking it had to be something like that bc i had never felt so bad in my life.  My mom and husband have been through the same.  keep your head up.  It will pass.  I know it is hard, but it will go away.  good luck ( :

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stevie, Community Member
6/17/14 9:10pm

dont worry im under constent stress i have ocd panic attacts im bipolar sometimes i feel like im drunk i get dizzy haed pressue ice pic head achs dizzyness when i move my eyes there are so many symtoms of strees and anxity you almost feel like your gonna die and yes ive had so many test my doctor is getting sick of seeing me its hard because all the symtoms your feeling are reel you will be ok

 

 

 god bless and try not to worry yourself sick over it

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By Gina Barner, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/17/14, First Published: 09/15/10