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Can an anxiety or panic attack cause a person to black out? I've had black outs while at my desk at work, once when driving, a few times while using the restroom, watching t.v. I don't feel anxious at the time or have symptoms just the black out. However, in the past 2 weeks I've gone to the hospital 5 times because of my starting to have severe panic attacks but I haven't had a black out in awhile now. When someone talks to me or touches me I wake right up but I don't feel as if I'm waking from a sleep because I come right to and feel fine. Is this possibly caused by anxiety. I was taking Celexa and didn't like it so I stopped cold turkey which I know I'm not supposed to. My doctor has put me on 10 mg to manage the withdrawals but I feel worse on the medication. Help please, thank you.

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replied January 17th, 2010
Panic Attacks Answer A9275

It seems that the fainting episodes and the anxiety attacks are separate in your situation. Usually a panic attack associated with hyperventilation can lead to syncope (black out). But in your case, you seem to have the syncope even when you are not anxious or hyperventilating.

You need to get an evaluation done by a Neurologist before you go to a psychiatrist. The syncope that you get could be due to sudden hypotension (lowered blood pressure).

It is important to note the duration of the blacking out episode. Normally after a syncope you do feel as if you have forgotten what you were doing, if only for a few seconds. Try to rule out sleep attacks of narcolepsy and absence seizures.


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