may i ask the nature of your lightheadedness? did you ever feel slightly unsteady when walking? thanks!
If you are stressed in general over a situation (mine is unemployment) and other things beyond your control you will get anxiety becuase you are genetically prone to getting it. Remember that we are special. Average people handle worry without anxiety symptoms. This is why we have medication. I think the mistake is that Dr's over perscribe or jump right to the heavy stuff. I am taking the most mild SSRI med and dosage possible. It still allows me to get a bit riled up, keep my personality, and not med me out. I only take 5mg. I cut my pills in quarters. Half a pill was too strong and I reacted too much to them. This took away my general worrying about life problems.
About the lightheadedness, yes it's actually being off balance. I just call it light headedness. It means that that I feel a bit stoned and off balance. You know you are light headed when you are bumping into walls all the time! Heheh.. I would always be bumping my shoulders and elbows into the walls becuase I couldn't walk straight. In the shower when trying to wash yourself you'll be bumping you elbows into things and such.
Light headedness is actually no big deal. Here's an explanation of what is happening:Keeping a sense of balance requires the brain to process a variety of information from the eyes, the nervous system and the inner ears. However, if the brain can't process signals from all of these locations, if the messages are contradictory, or if the sensory systems aren't functioning properly, an individual may experience dizziness and loss of balance.
All that's happening with us anxiety sufferers are the systems are not functioning properly. When we are suffering anxiety, much of our body is not functioning properly. We can't digest food properly. We can't breath properly. Our musles are weak. We can't think rationally.
We have a sensory system that has to be working nice and clean to have balance. When just 1 of these things in the mix don't work properly, we will feel off balance. And that's why we get off balance. It's not something you can conciously fix through diets or vitamins. You just have to get out of being in a state of anxiety and it will go away. 40% of Americans will see a doctor over being dizzy or off balance in their life and it is rarely ever something serious.
But we have all been diagnosed so we know what our light headedness is from. Please don't google further into it :).
I just told you why we're light headed. No it's not an active ear infection that your doctor is going to fix. \
Your sensory system isn't functioning properly (like the rest of your body) and that is causing you to be light headed which is perfectly harmless or normal for many people who have anxiety. Consider it a normal symptom of anxiety.
The only thing with being light headed is it's one for the most 'scary' things. And it's one of the things and hardest to get a straight answer as to why it's happening.
Well there ya have it. I just told you why.
-Anxiety creates lots of problems with our eyes
. (tremors, tunnel vision, blurriness, depth perception.. heck some of which I still even have till today)
-Anxiety creates lots of problems with our nervous system
-Anxiety creates lots of problems with our ears
(rining, sensory, etc).
So OF COURSE you are going to get a feeling off balance when these aren't working at 100%. :)
Don't you see. There is nothing bad happening to you guys. It's safe. It's harmless. It's nothing at all. It's just the anxiety creating your systems to go wonkey and giving you a result that is indeed powerful and scary. But it's just temporary and nothing to be afraid of.
Start to think of the light headedness differently. Trust me. You balance system just isn't sync'ing up. That's all that is happening and it's temporary.
Tommorow is a new day and it's time to get better. It's time to stop the googling, worrying, and finally leave the anxiety behind you! It's time to start that path on getting better and to finally truly believe that you have anxiety and that is what is responsible for your symptoms.