• 7 days ago

    Loss of balance during anxiety attacks

    I went into this year thinking everything was going to be great, and that I was finally going to overcome the monster that is anxiety. Now, three months into the year, I'm borderline agoraphobic, scared to even go to the grocery store because my panic attacks have been out of control as of late.

    I've been reading Barry McDonagh's "DARE," where it tells you to essentially invite the anxiety to happen, which is great, but when your anxiety causes you to become unbalanced ("loss of equilibrium"), it's hard to focus when you're working in a fast paced environment where you have to stand, surrounded by people, and you look like a freak because you're grasping for any surrounding platforms to balance yourself on.

    Someone I work with even said to a co-worker of mine that it seems like I have a "drug" behavior going on, which hurt immensely.

    The only drug I take is Lorazepam (0.5 mg), to ward off the panic attacks in public, especially when I can't get away to control them.

    My question is - does anyone else experience that awful sensation of being off balance or being dizzy when they're anxious? How do you control it? How do you cope with it when it's happening? I'd appreciate any advice.

Responses

  • 1 day ago

    RE: Loss of balance during anxiety attacks

    Yes I do feel it as well. When it happens, I stop, balance my feet on the ground and start deliberately inhaling and exhaling. Don't fight the feeling let it flow and it will pass. I always acknowledge for what it is- a temporary feeling not a permanent reflection of you, and let it be. Once you accept it, it becomes easier to get through it. Hope this helps.