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Iv posted this under mental conditions but am clueless to what may be causing this.
I am 20 years old and for at least the last ten years I have been getting what I used to call as a child "fast feelings".
They do not occur very often at all (more so when I was younger, probably only once or twice a year now).
Its a symptom thats really hard to explain but i'll try my best. Basically its a wave of adrenallin that feels my brain. However im not bouncing off the walls or breathing fast, or anything like that. I can feel my body and thoughts moving at normal speed but on a subconscious level it feels like everything is moving a mile a second.
For example, if I move something in front of me, I know logically that it is moving at normal speed and I can even see that it is, but psychologically it feels like a huge adrenalin rush where everything is moving with great urgency.
The only thing that I can think of when linking the each experience is when im concentrating on something particular (often when I am drawing).
I am not worried at all about it - watching tv, or reading usually stops the feeling in a few minutes, and its not frequent at all. I was just curious if anybody had similar symptons or could tell me what it could possibly be.

I hope I explained it well enough, like I said its a very strange feeling to explain.
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replied September 6th, 2006
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I used to have those feelings too. Turned out to be a form of vertigo. Doc put me on meclizine to help and it works great whenever I feel it coming on.
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replied November 9th, 2011
soo im not the only one after all, i am 16 and it has been happening since i was very young .
it is a truly undescribable feeling it seems as if everything is going faster even when you test yourself to see if you can go slow but it still seems fast!, it doesnt really bother me that much but i am curious to know what it is and if im not mentally ill and what is vertigo ? thanks
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replied February 28th, 2012
Yes, the original post explains it excellently. I just had it and now I just try to laugh it off really. I was thinking if going to a doctor but now I realise its nothing serious to worry about. The only thing I can add is that I distinctly remember the day it started, i was ill with the flu virus and i had a nightmare which was unexplainably weird and surreal, it was like I had lots of money which i owed back and eventually was given, I think I was a football manager but only can remember digits dropping, now on occasions this dream occured again, and one time when I was ill again, i went to the bathroom and stared at the mirror while hallucinating about the dream, almost for like 10 minutes while having the fast feeling, since im used to it now those dont happen anymore as mentioned before I just laugh about it when it happens.
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replied December 7th, 2012
Thanks for this post. My 10 yr old son has been having these sensations for the past few days only when he lies down to go to bed. He just got over a really bad cold that kept him from school for a week. Normally a very healthy and athletic kid, he was in bed or on the couch for most of the week. During his sickness, he had a traumatizing "daymare". In fact, I knew he had a bad dream because he was lying on the couch and I saw him talking with his eyes open during the dream. The fast-feeling always reminds him of the feeling he had in the dream. Does anyone think that these spells you all experience are a result of a sickness that permanently (perhaps mildly) damaged a part of your brain or inner ear to cause these spells? Should I have him see a specialist about this?
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replied December 12th, 2013
I still have those feelings but it is more like I feel incredibly strong,and I don't get the "dizzy" symptom, but I do feel the rapid speed. I've had this feeling as long as I can remember :/ i hate it

To Be Honest: I'm feeling it right now
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replied January 12th, 2014
Same!!! I'm 16 and I've also had this feeling as long as I can remember, but I just searched it today because I always thought I was the only one, and I am also feeling right now. It's an extremely difficult feeling to describe. I think that @markA17 described it perfectly, though. Glad I'm not the only one. And in fact, it really bothers me. I get extremely uncomfortable, and it doesn't go away that quickly. I hate it. Hope I find what causes this
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replied March 25th, 2014
When I was younger I used to have these dreams where people would be far away but I could hear them like they were right beside me and then I would wake up and everything seemed to be moving at a strangely fast pace when it actually wasn't. I'm 17 now and I still sometimes get this feeling. It's quite strange and I used to think I was the only one. When I was little i went to the optometrist because I thought I had eye problems. My hearing also gets a little muffled and wonky during these "episodes". How strange...
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replied April 14th, 2014
This used to happen to me as a kid ALL the time. I never really told anyone. I too, wasn't bouncing off the walls. It was as if the fast forward button was on just turned on my brain and perception. It seems at times I could even make it happen, but it usually had to shut off on its own. As I got older it stopped happening. It was a very surreal feeling but didn't really frighten me.
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replied September 6th, 2006
Hmm.. Mostly when I was younger, escpecially when I was laying down with my eyes closed, I got a mental picture of something moving encredibly fast in first person. A small rush of... Thinginess.
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replied November 20th, 2006
That happens to me too, sometimes, completely randomly i'll get a rush of adrenaline, and in my minds eye I see something rushing really fast towards me and to my left, sometimes enough to make me jump and feel a little nervous. I never really thought of it as being anything strange because I grew up with it.
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replied February 25th, 2009
fast feeling
the first post describes exactly what i have experienced. i have thought it was due to rumination and obsessive thoughts. i went on zoloft for ocd tendencies and the "fast feeling" returned infrequently and milder. since the medicine left me feeling complacent i am off of it and wondering if there is another way to avoid these weird perceptual feelings. the vertigo medication might be one way. any other thoughts?
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replied August 16th, 2009
Finally a name for my fast feeling.
I have always had those feelings and could never describe them. I felt weird and anxious when it did happen. I felt like I was moving in slow motion, or my brain was trying to slow me down from, like, walking. It was all too strange. Well, I looked up vertigo and feel at ease to know I am not the only one. I am glad to have a name to the odd feeling I have had as a child, and sometimes as an adult.
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replied August 30th, 2009
Oh wow, the initial post got it spot on for me. I had no idea what it was, just every now and I'd get the feeling of everything, my own movements mostly, was moving incredibly fast depite in reality moving at a regular speed. It is such a strange feeling, its great to know I'm not the only one!
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replied August 30th, 2009
I'm actually experiencing it right now. Typing is especially wierd when you have it. I seemed to get it during tests in elementary, or things like that. Wow, typing is ridiculous right now. It is a very strange feeling, but you put it into words very well. If anything now I can better explain what it exactly is now. Thanks... and yes it happens rarely, like 2 twice a year.
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replied December 12th, 2011
yes! i always got it when i was working on homework or taking tests
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replied September 2nd, 2009
Temporal Epilepsy
Ive been trying to find out what this was for a long time. In my personal experience it can be quite stressful, my breathing accelerates and i feel as if everything is faster around me. I get this feeling in bouts. im haveing it at the moment and ive had it twice in the last couple weeks. I tend to find that if im on the computer i get tunnel vision. also i find it occurs when im tired (at uni so lots of that) im twenty now but i remember first trying to describe it to my parents before i was ten. It might be hereditary as my mother says she got it as well. Ive looked around and someplaces suggest its a form of temporal epilepsy. I dont think its dangerous. Apparently in order to diagnose they need to record you while your having an attack.

so for anyone who wants more facts
20 year old male
had these episodes since i was a preteen.
had them with a frequency of about once a month on average.
tend to get them in bouts
each attack lasts for about 15-20 mins
sometimes have trouble breathing (i should say it feels as tho if i dont concentrate on breathing id suffocate rather)
and it seems i get them most when im tired or have been at the computer for too long.

id like to know how many people have this.

Also id like to add that as a smoker i can tell you smoking makes this feeling WORSE not better. i thought it would help chill me out but that rather it made the sensation ten times worse. It is trippy but if anyone knows a cure id love it as personally it messes with me quite badly.
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replied September 10th, 2009
Mines certainly not that bad but does anyone get it the other way around too? Mine happen about once a month but they can either be this 'fast feeling' or the complete opposite of everything seeming to move at incredibly slow speeds, effecting my movements mostly but also the rate of my breathing which unnerves me a little.
it'd be great to hear from any fellow sufferers!
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replied December 19th, 2009
I get it too
I absolutely get this as well. It used to be when I was younger, especially when I was sick with a fever. Now (I'm 25) I seem to be getting it again, though only in the past year or so, and it has nothing to do with me being sick.

For me, everything seems to move quickly and voices seem somehow enhanced. I get the idea of a loud constant chatter around me at all times, and feel like I need to panic. At the same time I act normally, and I'm aware that it's a physiological thing going on in my brain. It's not a hallucination. To be honest it feels a little bit like being stoned.

Actually, I'm wondering if any of you guys have smoke weed? Do you have panic attacks or extreme paranoia? That's something I get from smoking weed and the reason I quit. I was wondering if they might be related somehow.

As far as I can tell from looking online, it's either vertigo, simple partial seizures or Alice in Wonderland syndrome. I'm going to the doctor this week to see if he has any idea, though from what I can find it seems so rare that he might be clueless. Fingers crossed and all that.
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replied November 4th, 2011
I dont think it is to do with drugs as what happens to you is very similar to me and i gave never took drugs. It is also unlikely to be vertigo as i dont have that either
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replied January 15th, 2010
Fast feeling
I get this too, I am 19 years old and have been experiencing it frequently for as long as i remember. When i was younger it was quite normal and i just got along with it. Then it went away for about 6 months to a year. Now with in the past couple of weeks I have been getting it more than ever about 3 times a week! I got fed up today with it when it happened again and decided to look into it. I am getting really fed up with it. Anybody else get it this frequent
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replied April 17th, 2011
yes ive been getting the fast feeling quite often now......i got it yesterday and the day before
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replied April 17th, 2011
yes ive been getting the fast feeling quite often now......i got it yesterday and the day before
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replied April 17th, 2011
yes ive been getting the fast feeling quite often now......i got it yesterday and the day before
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replied January 15th, 2010
Wow it's actually a sigh of relief to know that other people have this. It happened to me last night and I told my friend so they decided to look it up. I actually didn't care, but they showed me this. It only happens when im about to go to sleep and very rarely (2-3 times a year) . i'm 18 and its been happening for about 10 years. It feels like everything is moving fast but you can see its not. I got up from my bed when it happened and it felt like i was speed walking when i was actually very sleepy.
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replied January 23rd, 2010
fast feeling
Woah, it's reassuring to know that there are others out there who get this feeling. When I was younger I would get this strange feeling that my thoughts were going faster than they really were, which doesn't even make sense. And it felt like life was going fast and slow at the same time. Especially when I was concentrating on something like during tests. The only way I could ever make it stop was to speak out loud or hum to myself. I hadn't gotten them for years but recently it started a bit again (I'm seventeen now) so I decided to look it up online. Does anyone know why we get this awkward fast feeling?
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replied January 28th, 2010
wow!!
wow. I always wondered about this from a child. I could never explain it to it's fullest. When it was happening I could explain it to a t, but once finished it was difficult. I have had different but similar episodes happen throughout life, mainly as a child. One being I could taste or feel the shapes I saw in my head....strange. The 1st post pins it perfectly. I'm moving along normally but my motions feel sped up and I feel quite dazed at the time. I don't really like the feeling especially when it lasts longer than i'd like. When it happens now, which is once a year and i'm 28 I try to really understand and feel what is happening so I can explain it later. glad to hear i'm not the only one! If anyone else has other strange feelings, please share. I use to lie bed and see everything far away. Just thought it was due to being tired. Or my mom would be saying goodnight to me in bed and she would seem surreal and distant.
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replied April 17th, 2011
im 12 years old now and it happens many times evry week........idk wat it is...
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replied April 17th, 2011
i mean 12 years old . my bad lol
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replied September 25th, 2011
this is the first time I have ever tried to see if anyone else out there had these "episodes", as I call them, and it is so relieving to finally find out some else out there has these strange but undeniable feelings. Thought I was going crazy or something. The part where you said you could taste or feel the shapes seen in your head was a dead on description. Very strange and virtually impossible to describe. I have texture feelings some of the time. Like I can feel a texture as if I'm touching it, but I can't explain or think of what material or object it is that would feel that way to save my life! I am 35 now and had these feelings of sped up thoughts and such since I was 8 or so. Less frequent now, but still at least every couple of months. Seems to happen when I am alone and it's quiet. Usually when I am cleaning or in the shower or around water ( doing dishes, in the bath, etc...). Anyway, refreshing to know I am not alone. :0)
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replied February 27th, 2010
I also get this, and have been once or twice every few months for the last couple of years. It actually happened to me last night while trying to get to sleep so I decided to look it up today and it's quite relieving to know it's not just me. When it happens to me it's usually when I'm trying to sleep or I'm concentrating on something, drawing or in an exam for instance. It feels like every thing in my head and all my thoughts start going really fast even though I know everything's actually moving normal speed. Sometimes I start feeling panicky as well. It's difficult to describe it but it's comforting to know that I'm not the only one who has experienced this.
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replied February 27th, 2010
I feel the same way as everyone else. I always described its as an extreme focus. I use to ski race for years and would get this feeling when I was in the start gate. Everything slows down and I can act more exact. I get this when I'm writing exams too. Last week I wrote my Paramedic registration exam and it felt like I was writing the exam on speed or something. I have ADHD and I always thought that it was a side effect of my focus "on" focus "off" switch. I just wish I could control it and make it happen when ever I want.
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replied February 23rd, 2012
Nice to know I'm not alone. I thought I was going crazy. Ihave them rarely also but I just had one that's when I looked it up for the first time and found this. Thanks you guys. I'm a male just turned 21. Maybe we are all connected somehow. I read someone saying they like to draw. So do I. Strange.
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replied March 5th, 2010
Fast feeling and tasting shapes
Oh god I used to get this all the time when I was younger, haha especially used to happen when I was sitting on the loo!!! Few weird things, like the 'fast feeling', another time I had some kind of seizure and I could see myself having it like I was looking down on myself. I hadnt had it in years, the 'fast feeling' but it happened again last night I thought it might be due to stress Im under at college and life in general. Like the world is going slower than you, and all your movements seem urgent, like brushing teeth or anything like that. i was never worried about it, just seemed normal. weird that other people get it too. and to the poster 'WOW', being able to 'taste' shapes and stuff like that is actually called synesthesia.
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replied July 19th, 2012
yeah I've had a seizure before and remember looking down on myself too. That was one of the beautiful things ever.
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replied March 15th, 2010
Hi all,
So glad to have found all this info - I had this as a kid and now my daughter, who is 10 is describing the same feelings of everything going too fast and its really scaring her. She's woken up twice in the night with it and said it happened today at school, all in the space of 4 days. Has anyone sought medical advice at all? I never told anyone when I was younger as I thought the would think I was a bit wierd!! The only way I could calm back down was by closing my eyes and listening to a clock or my watch ticking.
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replied March 22nd, 2010
my 8 year old daughter has had a few episodes of this 'fast feeling' over the past month. The first couple times it happened she had been sleeping and woke up with that feeling but just tonight she had the same feeling while getting ready for bed. It is quite upsetting to her and besides the 'fast feeling' she also describes a dot and lines going back and forth really fast in her head (at the same time as the fast feeling). Has anyone had the dot-lines as well?
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replied April 17th, 2011
This is so strange to read because when i was younger i would have the same feeling as all as what is being described and i had the dot and lines. I still rarely get the fast feeling but the dot and lines went away.im 22 now. I never could decribe the chaotic scribbling of lines and dots dreams i would have but its amazing to know somebody els has had this.
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replied July 2nd, 2011
I have the same problem. Im 23 now but its been happening since I was little maybe 7. I have the "fast feeling", "slow feeling", and visual things like the dots. They are really hard to explain like the rest of it! The dots seem like a fuzzy tv screen in a way, but not the typical black and whie. I looked this up and alot of things point to tempoal loab epilespy and or Alice in wonderland syndrome. I would really like to know for sure what it is. If anyone finds out 100% what it is please post!!
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replied December 24th, 2011
now i feel like im going to faint a bit. one hour has passed
oh my god.. I have had these fast feelings since I was about 7 and I still have them at 14 years.. but thinking back.. these fast feelings started when there was a dot and lines and sometimes the lines would make it not smooth and stuff and sometimes it would be perfect.. hard to explain lol but this has not happened to me in a while and it only happened in my dreams I think? well, the dot and lines has stopped now and i only get these fast feelings now. feels as though it happens more in the morning? i had one at 1:00PM today however when I was concentrating on something but then couldn't concentrate.. while it was happening I could not concentrate at all. for some reason I wanted it to keep going and not stop. I was laughing while I was counting seconds because I knew I was counting them correctly but they felt twice as fast! I laughed and thought at least christmas will come faster lol. everybody talked faster as though everybody had the same rhythm and that rhythm was faster than the normal one? idk hard to explain lol
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replied January 16th, 2012
I used to have the dots and lines as well when I was the same age. Im 20 now and havent had it in at least 5 years but i had the same experiences quite often back then. It is very unsettling. It usually helps listening to a constant rhythm such as a clock ticking. I also would have to hum to myself. Or try my hardest to sleep. Hopefully someone finds a definite answer to what causes this.
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