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I have been experiencing anxiety for the last 6 months, ever since I fell and hit my head after blacking out from drinking some powerful unregulated vodka-like rice alcohol called "soju" (common in korea).
Immediately after, I admitted myself to the emergency room because I felt like I was hanging on to life by a thread and tripping out bad. The doc just said I was anxious and dismissed me.
Whether I experienced a concussion or just horrible anxiety and paranoia, I feel nauseous and spacey every day. I also feel like there is a veil over reality, and people and things are not as real as they were before. This may sound crazy, but I feel like I have cheated death and maybe i'm not supposed to be here, like i'm living past my expiration date, and that's why my quality of life has diminished. Sometimes I feel like I don't know the people that are closest to me. Anyway, if anyone can relate, please let me know.
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replied December 25th, 2005
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Believe it or not, this is a common symptom of anxiety, I have had this feeling many times before and found it to be linked with anxiety/stress. I advise you to look up 'depersonalisation' and you will find lots of information on what it is and what causes it.

James
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replied January 6th, 2006
Hey Man I Feel the Same Way
Hello man my name is juan! And let me tell you, I feel the same thing and beleive me iam not happy with it. Ive been feeling like this since the middle of december and still feeling the same. I went with doctors and they said it was stress related. Anyway I would like to discuss this with you.
thanks man!!
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replied January 6th, 2006
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Hi,
i can relate! I suffer from anxiety/panic attacks and depression. I have had that feeling! I just had it last week and it has subsided so I am glad, but I have suffered with it on and off for months.
I feel like I am in a dream sometimes or like I am outside of my body watching myself! It is a very frightening feeling. I too have been told it is anxiety and stress!
Stay positive and read the posts under the title feeling weird constantly! You'd feel a lot better!
Good luck
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replied January 7th, 2006
Re: Drunk/foggy Feeling
This spacey feeling is derealization/depersonalization and is caused by an unresolved response to trauma.

You've lost contact with yourself and need to reconnect to your body and your surrounding environment. Once this is accomplished you'll feel like new again.

You must allow the symptoms to peak on their own, without fighting them. The more distressed you are by the symptoms, no matter how weird or strange they feel, the more likely they are to persist.

I didn't start to reconnect with myself until 11 years after a terrifying incident in which, I too, believe I cheated death. In reality, I was not even close to death -- it was merely my own (flawed) interpretation.



[ traumatic symptoms are not caused by the ''triggering'' event itself. They stem from the frozen residue of energy that has not been resolved and discharged; this residue remains trapped in the nervous system where it can wreak havoc on our bodies and spirits. The long-term, alarming, debilitating, and often bizarre symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) develop when we cannot complete the process of moving in, through and out of the ''immobility'' or ''freezing'' state. However, we can thaw by initiating and encouraging our innate drive to return to a state of dynamic equilibrium. ]


i recommend reading peter levine's books on trauma. I think they'll help you move on, and rather quickly. Nip this in the bud now; don't lose 11 years of your life, as I did.



Best regards,

jeff
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replied January 8th, 2006
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Hi I can relate to everything that you have said, I have had this feeling constantly for a year now however it is getting better. The best way to beat it is to get involved in your life again and not worry about the feeling. Its only a sensation and can`t hurt you. I know how distressing it can be but the only way I find it gets better is to submerge myself in other things.

Do what you love, whether it be sports, reading etc. It really takes your mind off how your feeling. It is hard at first but its worth the effort. Any programme you read or buy will tell you the same thing, to ignore it and try to enjoy your life again.

I find it a great relief that there are others in the world feeling the same as me. Reassurance can be a great healer too.

Good luck
debs
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replied January 9th, 2006
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cocreative wrote:
jeff, it is interesting what you are saying about unresolved energy causing the symptoms. This sounds kind of like the theory behind eft - emotional freeedom technique - that unresolved emotions and disrupted energy cause the symptoms.

I find eft very simple with no need to think about the process of reconnecting to your body - you just tap on different acupuncture points while thinking about the trauma. You don't have to get into the trauma again - it is very gentle. It has worked very well for me and they give away the training manual online at Emofree.Com

thanks for that info
c


thanks for the web site. I found that maybe 2 weeks or so ago. It was nice to come here and see it as well.


I do what probably can be considered to be eft. I don't really think much about the original trigger (that which set off the trauma). Focusing on the original trauma doesn't seem to be necessary or important -- and many professionals agree.


I use a powerful showerhead when doing eft sometimes. So not always do I use my fingers, but sometimes a strong blast of water. This is not tapping, of course, but has its own benefits as well.


Kind regards,

jeff
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replied January 9th, 2006
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I have to say I can relate I was hit by a car 3 years ago while riding my bike on the sidewalk and the driver took off since then anytime im in a car and someone is tailgating or cuts us off I pass out or go into that foggy sensation. I still have it now and it never goes away one day ill be fine and the next I feel like im drunk when I didnt drink it so weird...

Btw jeff thanks for that info

jess
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replied January 11th, 2006
I can definately relate to you. Once in awhile I get really spacey and I feel like i'm in a dream and I can't control what I do...As if I were drunk. I'm like this now too...It started like 3 days ago. All of a sudden I just got really spacey and started questioning everything...Even stupid things. I definately think it's related to stress because a similar episode happened to me about last year sometime while I was on a military base. I felt like I was slipping into unreality...It was an awful feeling. I also felt the need to constantly be near people. The same things are happening to me now too because I have a lot of stress in my life recently. I say time heals all wounds...Just relax yourself, deal with your problems head on, and try to engage in things that'll take your mind off of your stress and anxiety.
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replied May 6th, 2007
Feeling the Same Way
I have been feeling the same way..it comes and goes every once in a while and in fact I am feeling like that right now
I have been sick for about five months now with chronic upset stomach which has greatly disrupted my life... my health issues really stress me out not to mention that I work full time and am a full time student so I have a lot of stress and pressure.

Some days, as in the past few days, I have felt lilke I am on auto-pilot and like although my brain is working and my body is moving the two are not connected and I am not connected to my environment.
I feel a bit better amongst friends and in social settings versus when I am at work (of course!)..

Good to know I'm not alone! Anyone have tips on how to help this foggy feeling?
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replied February 10th, 2008
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Feeling the same way.
I am new to this forum. I have found it very helpful to read other people's posts. I am a 29 year old female experiencing the same feeling of lightheadedness/spacey feeling in my head. I am a worry wart. I obsess and think about things too much. I think that this has caused my fog-spacey feeling in my head. When you worry, it produces anxiety. I do not take any medication currently. I have been through anti-anxiety therapy in the past. But lately I feel like I do need medication. Will this feeling ever go away? Do I have to be put on an anti-depressant for it to go away? My head has felt like this for 4 weeks now. scared
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replied February 20th, 2008
I'm 25 and I have felt the same way for a few months now. I can only describe it as a "medicine head" or anasthetic feeling. I've been going day after day in a fog. Its awful. I've had a few panic attacks before starting when I was 22. I was on Zoloft for a while immediately after and it seemed to help at the time. Even though I've never had this symptom before I am going to get back on it. I just had a physical and I seem to be in good health, so anxiety is the only thing I can think of, even though I'm not consciously stressed about anything.
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replied September 27th, 2008
anxiety/depersonalizing
hey
It was so reassuring to see other people suffer with the same symptoms and I am not a CRAZY person! This first happened to me as a 14 year old after suffering a long illness...felt spacey and couldnt clearly explain this to my mother or doctor and it was easily dismissed. Not exactly sure why it has come back now over 20 years later...cant really see any major trauma/stress recently. Did have some family members pass but thought I dealt with it head on. Really hard not to curl up in ball in front of the tv...but seeing the posts re: trying to stay busy, helps. Really scary. Any tips would be great. Am in really good health otherwise...have seen a therapist once-maybe I should go back.
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replied February 1st, 2009
anxiety/depersonalizing
I had a shoulder operation 3 months ago and have been expriencing this "spacey"/"Foggy head" feeling since.... I've always thought is was the after effects of the aneathetics, but am now convinced its "ANXIETY".... has anyone found a suitable way to tackle this condition? if so, it would be a great help!! i've found it very dificult to cope on a daily basis, but i am determined to get on top of this condition with the right direction...
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replied February 18th, 2009
I get it i have it at the moment.. Usually comes up in certain social situations which sux

Ive found the only way out of this sensation is happiness.. be the person you want to be, do the things that make you happy. so sitting on here probably isnt doing me any justice Smile but helping other people makes me happy i spose

It comes and goes depending on my level of happiness. The more i go out (beating my fears) and socialising the less i get it

i used to get it worse, until one day when it came up i focused on slowing my breathing... breath so slow that if a feather was under your nose it wouldn't move (credit - the way of the peacefull warrior - great book), do this on the inhale and exhale for as long as you can.. i usually do 8 seconds in 8 out. building up to that.

ive also noticed that with certain symptoms of anxiety, if you find a way to control them your body becomes confident in itself and seems to not fear them anymore and you wont get them.. its weird

I guess we can look at it as a gift, a gift telling us that something is wrong in our lives and needs to be changed.

stay strong, push through your fears, try and forget you have an anxiety disorder (push it to the back of your mind) dont dwell in your negative thoughts (rise above them with positives) and start focusing on the living the life you want to be living.

that is all, hope this helps

mike
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replied March 1st, 2009
Re: Feeling the same way.
Shannashaine wrote:
I am new to this forum. I have found it very helpful to read other people's posts. I am a 29 year old female experiencing the same feeling of lightheadedness/spacey feeling in my head. I am a worry wart. I obsess and think about things too much. I think that this has caused my fog-spacey feeling in my head. When you worry, it produces anxiety. I do not take any medication currently. I have been through anti-anxiety therapy in the past. But lately I feel like I do need medication. Will this feeling ever go away? Do I have to be put on an anti-depressant for it to go away? My head has felt like this for 4 weeks now. scared


Sorry you're feling this way. I'm so glad I found this and your post though. Are you sensitive to light a little or do you have little tension headaches with it?

I have had this spacey, lightheaded, out of it feeling for a whole week, it never goes away, sometimes it's a little better but it's always there, I feel sensitive to light and have trouble focusing as well.

I was diagnosed with GAD when I was a 7 years old, now I'm 34. I have been really anxious sense last December because I had acid reflux and it felt like heart pain, then I freaked out and had shallow breathing and heart palpitations. then last week I was really stressed out and felt my heart feeling heavy again, I felt weird and extreemly worried, then Sunday night I started to feel lightheaded I tried to ignore it but it started to really scare me. I've been to many doctors this week and had many tests they cannot find anything serious, they say anxiety or inner ear (because of the lightheadedness).

I wish i knew what to do about this, even thougth i think it is anxiety and hope it is I am worried it's something worse, so I stay anxious. I'm ging to see a clinic phychologist tomorrow. I hope to get some answers.
Thanks so much for your post
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replied March 8th, 2009
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That spacy feeling is a common symptom of anxiety. People with anxiety will have that symptom and then it will go away. But then it will come back. If you google that, you will see plenty of articles that pop up and people's stories.
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replied June 22nd, 2009
Spacey...drunk..groggy..and without energy.
I've been feeling this way all morning today. I believe it has to do with the fact that I had very intense cardio workouts (1k calories per workout) all of last week coupled with a 4 day weekend where there was a long drive (6 hours) to a wedding and meeting tons of pple that could potentially be in laws in the future followed by a long drive back yesterday evening.
Although I would venture to say that I have had had what I believe to be panic attacks before, I've never taken any medications or seen anyone. I've basically dealt with the feeling on my own, calming myself down and telling myself that I can overtake the feeling.
This would also not be the first time I've had this spacey out of body feeling. :/
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replied July 22nd, 2009
John Snow...

By any chance, did/do have the feeling that one eye "worked" better than the other, or was favored by your brain?

I have been experiencing all the symptoms you listed, and am always troubled by paranoia
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replied August 20th, 2009
Concussion and Spacey De-tached feeling
I can relate. I got very drunk on wine and fell about a month ago. When I woke up the next day I felt really out of it. Spacey. I have felt like this for about a month now. I went to the doctor and he told me that I suffered a moderate concussion. The dream like state and the dis-connection from my body is prevalent and I find it difficult to concentrate on work. Try not to think about your state, if you occupy yourself with something, (not to intensely your brain is healing), then it will not be so intense. Standing in bright sunlight for a few minutes and taking breaks from your work also helps. I have felt like this also sometimes prior to my accident and it eventually clears up.
Don't stress yourself out, talk to loved ones about it and share how you are feeling. It will make you feel better.
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