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Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« on: June 19, 2011, 08:59:41 PM »
Hey everyone. My name's Jake, and I'm new here.  :action-smiley-065:

I'm sorry if this has been addressed before, but I've searched and I really can't find anything.

Does anyone ever get the physical anxiety symptoms without "feeling" anxious? Or have a panic attack without actually "feeling" panic?

Sometimes, I'll be sitting at my desk at work, when all of a sudden I start to get the symptoms: Bad brain fog, confusion, cold hands, dizziness, depersonalization, derealization, heart palpitations, etc. but I'm not feeling anxious inside. I have had 2 or 3 panic attacks (which are really just extreme anxiety episodes) that have been the same way. Does that make sense?

Anyone else ever have this?

Thanks guys!
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011, 11:22:44 PM »
I've been feeling the sane way lately and was wondering if it's the meds I'm on or what.  My neck will get real tense and I'll get a dull headache too.
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 12:02:50 AM »
That's exactly what happens to me.  I'm not worried about anything that I'm aware of.  I just hits be out of no where.  Some days I'm fine and other days I feel anxious and I don't know why.  Very frustrating.
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 12:37:34 AM »
Yeah, that's pretty much exactly how it started for me.  Never had any kind of anxiety before.  Too much caffeine, a tensing neck, and sudden brain fog started me on this course.
Best to get things checked out now before it takes on a life of it's own.  When it started for me, the physical symptoms themselves brought on my anxiety, and they happened so often it was all I had on my mind.  If this has just started, seek counseling or relaxation techniques of some sort, as it can get a hold of you if you let it make you anxious.
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 01:02:27 AM »
This is what the doctors diagnose as Generalized Anxiety Disorder...a general feeling of anxiousnes or symptoms coming out of nowhere, it can also be Panic disorder which is where you panic for no apparent reason.

Extremely normal; that's what most people go through and how it started for me. I really only have maybe 1 "real" panic attack every 2-3 months but it is the other symptoms that affect me on a daily basis. The anxiety attacks scared me so bad that I am now agoraphobic and can't leave the house alone :(
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 11:04:08 AM »
hi jake!
that is exactly what happens to me too. ive had one sitting in a beauty salon, walking down the street and most recently, at my desk at work, and nothing of note was happening good or bad at the time. its just our twisted minds messing with us. lucky us! sometimes it helps me to cry because im releasing some of my pent up energy. ive also tried tension tamer tea to try to calm down. just know you are not alone, if that helps you at all  :happy0151:
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 12:08:04 PM »
If you aren't experiencing ANY fear, anxiety, worry, stress, etc before/during these attacks, tell your doctor about it. You could be experiencing mild seizures - they can manifest with all of the same symptoms of panic attacks, but can come on without any obvious trigger.
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011, 02:10:57 PM »
February's post might scare some people...

I've told the doctor about my 'out of nowhere' panic attacks and they have NEVER mentioned anything about a seizure.
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 02:27:21 PM »
Jen2213 is spot on. Anxious reactions and physical symptoms do not have to be preceded by what i call 'clear and present' distress or worry. The alarming nature of anxiety and stress is that it can and often does come out of nowhere, which is why it can often result in a person wrongly attributing their symptoms as being signs of a serious illness. Nonetheless, you should contact your doctor, but don't go with any thoughts that you could be experiencing seizures! that's obscenely unlikely.
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Re: Anxiety without feeling anxious?
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2011, 02:31:45 PM »
He's saying he's not having any symptoms of anxiety - if he has never had any official diagnosis of an anxiety disorder (I'm not saying he hasn't - he didn't post a lot of information), he needs to address his physical symptoms as physical symptoms... there are too few people who are made aware that the symptoms of mild seizures can present with the same symptoms as panic attacks.... my post wasn't made to scare - it was made so that he can rule out that possibility, or so he can get the treatment he might need if that is, in fact, what his problem is. If he is, in fact, having mild epileptic seizures, it is a lot better for him to get them treated than to ignore them as 'panic attacks' and end up getting worse....

I'm not trying to diagnose the poor guy. I'm suggesting that he bring it up with a medical doctor who can evaluate him and give him a medical opinion.

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Calling it 'obscenely unlikely' is just offensive. Only 3% of the population is affected by GAD (only 17.5% of those with GAD ever have regular panic attacks). 4% of the population is affected by at least one epileptic seizure in their lives, and over 2% of the population are chronic epileptics.... so please don't underestimate how prominent seizures are....
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