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Vision issues related to anxiety?
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:54:28 PM »
My anxiety has really been pretty under control for the past week, until today. Earlier I started feeling like my breathing sounded weird and that made me feel very anxious, that ended up passing and I felt fine. After that I was walking through our house and when I would glance one way I would think I would see something but when I would look again it wasn't anything. It was really weird, I wear glasses, mostly for reading or when I use the computer, and I was not wearing them at the time. Can anxiety cause this? Could I just be tired? My mind immediately thought, I am hallucinating/going crazy/seeing things, and then I panicked. Anyone else experience this before?
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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2014, 12:33:03 AM »
I see things out of the corner of my eye all the time and think something is there.  When I am feeling anxious it bothers me more than other days.  maybe because I am on edge and kinda jumpy.  You are defiantly not going crazy.  I think this happens to everyone there is just a blind spot thingy in your side vision that sometimes causes you to see something that isn't there.  Your normal  ;D
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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2014, 12:35:36 AM »
Anxiety can play a big role in your eyesight, and doesn't neccessarily mean anything serious. I know when I am rather high anxiety levels (considering I'm on the first stages of Zoloft my anxiety spikes are incredible) my vision blurs, I see things or I think I notice things sometimes but in reality they aren't really there. Anxiety (although everyone in this board has a little extra dose of it) is there to make us aware of our surroundings and make us alert.

I wouldn't be surprised if you are, by chance, making these visions in your mind. especially under stress or attacks... you can even see sparkles at times.


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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2014, 05:56:46 AM »
That happens to me a lot.  I never linked it with anxiety, but being I am in an anxious state most of the time that would explain it!  I'll even say out loud, "I swear I saw something!"  Sometimes I'll pass the window and out of the corner of my eye DEFINITELY see something (ie: a large vehicle drive by) and I look out and there's NOTHING (also it made no noise which is why I'd look - large vehicles ARE quite audible!  B-;)
(it's a bird, it's a plane, it's anxiety!)...  (I hope you aren't too young to get the joke  :winking0008:)
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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2014, 01:43:00 PM »
What about glowing lights randomly on side vision?
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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2014, 02:35:49 PM »
Vision disturbances are very normal for anxiety sufferers. I get this too, as well as light sensitivity. It's because adrenaline causes the pupils to dilate and therefore we get a lot of unusual visual effects. If you ever read Charles Linden's book, you'll see that he used to have full on hallucinations from his AD. It doesn't mean you're crazy.
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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2014, 02:44:19 PM »
adrenaline causes the pupils to dilate

Lol my Zoloft causes my pupils to Dilate.
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Re: Vision issues related to anxiety?
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2014, 01:01:48 PM »
Thank y'all for replying, I feel a lot better! I definitely think it is related to anxiety, it just helps to know I am not going crazy! LOL
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