When I feel one coming on I get really sweaty and dizzy and i keep feeling like am going to pass out is this normal? and will I really faint or does it just feel like it its really scary
It's more likely that what you're describing is a panic attack versus actual anxiety by the true definition. When this happens, you will start to hyperventilate, which changes your breathing pattern and robs oxygen from the brain making you dizzy. As soon as you feel the panic attack coming on, make sure that you are sitting down in a chair, because you absolutely can fall down and lose consciousness if you're not careful. Try to control your breathing as much as you can by breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth and taking deep, slow, measured breaths. It will be difficult for you, but it's important for you to do this to get past the dizziness. You may want to talk to your doctor about having the symptoms, and your doctor may prescribe a benzodiazepine for you like Xanax or Valium so when you start to feel it coming on you can take one of the medications to help get you through it until you better learn how to manage it on your own without the medication. Try not to use the medication for a long period of time, as many of us have fallen into the cycle of staying on it for years, only to have difficulty getting off it later. It's really only meant for short-term use. I'm sorry to hear that you're going through this, but have confidence that you can move past it and will feel better once you know what you're dealing with and can learn some tools to help yourself. :0)
There is another trick besides Maggie's good advice.
Take a paper bag (small sandwich size) and cup it over your nose and mouth. Try to slow your breathing down.
The rationale is that the high oxygen level in your blood from hyperventilating will be decreased. The paper bag will stop the symptoms and bring down the oxygen levels faster than you can do it on your own especially when having a panic/anxiety attack.
We used to do this in the emergency room and it really works especially having someone with you providing emotional support.
It was a very expensive paper bag for an ER visit! Lol but it works.
Search for questions
Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.
Posted 19 Aug 2010 • 2 answers
Posted 18 Jun 2013 • 1 answer
Posted 17 Aug 2013 • 4 answers
Posted 29 Sep 2014 • 2 answers
Posted 19 May 2015 • 2 answers