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Dizziness, Anxiety and Panic


Please note that dizziness can have a number of physical causes such as ear infections, diabetes and circulation problems so it is very important to have any recurring dizziness checked out by a doctor.

When no physical causes are present it is highly likely that bouts of dizziness are due to anxiety.

Dizziness is a common symptom of anxiety. When we are anxious or panicky many of us feel light-headed and dizzy. We can become confused and find it difficult to think straight or concentrate. Some people think they are about to faint.

... But why?

... What causes this dizziness?


Anxiety and panic relate to danger. Our mind thinks we are going to get hurt and causes our body to respond appropriately.

This is known as the fight-or-flight response; it prepares us to fight or run away.

To enable us to do this, blood is diverted to the major muscle groups (arms, legs, chest) to supply them with immediate energy to help us fight or flee. One of the areas the blood is diverted from is the brain. And this blood flow from the brain causes the feelings of light-headedness and dizziness.

We don't have time to think, we have to run away or fight!


(Note that dizziness is similar to, but a different problem than Vertigo which involves feelings of 'the room spinning' due to the inner ear and balance issues).


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Other anxiety and panic symptoms related to the fight-or flight reaction include:-

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blue button Generally feeling 'on-edge'.    ›› Read more about fight-or-flight symptoms

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Reducing Dizziness Caused by Anxiety

It is very important that recurring dizziness symptoms are checked out by a medical professional to rule out any illness or disease as the cause. And once it is established that the dizziness is a result of anxiety there are a number of things we can do to alleviate the dizziness when it happens:-

1. Breathe Deeply and Slowly

Try diaphragmatic breathing for a short while:-

Take a deep breath in through your nose for a slow count of four
   (Imagine the air filling your stomach, not lungs, and feel it expand)

Hold for a slow count of four

Breathe out through your mouth for a slow count of four
   (Imagine your stomach pushing the air out)

Hold for a slow count of four

Repeat this five or six times.


Diaphragmatic breathing balances the oxygen–carbon dioxide balance in the body and promotes calmness.

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Dizzy – Definition:-

The Collins English Dictionary defines dizzy as:

1. affected with a whirling or
    reeling sensation.

2. metally confused or
    bewildered.

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More Resources:
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2. Focus on one point / close your eyes for a few moments

We experience dizziness mainly through our vision. Focusing on one spot helps to get the eyes and mind back under control and reduce the spinning sensation.

Closing our eyes (if it is safe to do so) also reduces the sensation of spinning.


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Although dizziness due to anxiety doesn't seem to be harmful in itself, long-term anxiety can lead to a whole host of physical illnesses and should be treated.

›› How to Deal With Anxiety Problems      

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