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LynnK

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Twenty years ago I was married to a man who suffered from anxiety. His main symptom was light headedness when walking and driving. We divorced not long after he was diagnosed and I have no idea how things turned out for him. About 8 years ago I started getting light headed while walking and not long after that I started getting it while driving. Coincidence that these were the only things I knew about Anxiety?? It took me a few years to convince myself that it wasn't something worse and I thought that just knowing would make it easier to fight....wrong! I'm no longer able to drive or go in stores of any kind or size....ughh. I realize that as bad as I may think I have it that I'm probably fortunate. I've avoided doing any research for fear that I'd just be adding more symptoms. For the first time since this all started I have insurance but I have no idea where to even start. Any advice would be appreciated ♡
 

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Twenty years ago I was married to a man who suffered from anxiety. His main symptom was light headedness when walking and driving. We divorced not long after he was diagnosed and I have no idea how things turned out for him. About 8 years ago I started getting light headed while walking and not long after that I started getting it while driving. Coincidence that these were the only things I knew about Anxiety?? It took me a few years to convince myself that it wasn't something worse and I thought that just knowing would make it easier to fight....wrong! I'm no longer able to drive or go in stores of any kind or size....ughh. I realize that as bad as I may think I have it that I'm probably fortunate. I've avoided doing any research for fear that I'd just be adding more symptoms. For the first time since this all started I have insurance but I have no idea where to even start. Any advice would be appreciated ♡
Hi and welcome LynnK. It sure sounds like you've got an anxiety disorder but also a good attitude towards it. I'd suggest you just make an appointment with the medical doctor you're most comfortable with, describe your symptoms and they'll give you a starting point for addressing your situation. Anxiety disorders are so common that almost all doctors are familiar with the different treatments.
I remember before being diagnosed that often when walking it seemed like the sidewalk was raising up in front of me (just a few inches, but it made me a bit unstable and freaked out). Currently I can't drive more than a few miles at a time and that's only because I'm in such a rural area with very little other traffic. I also have the same problem as you with shopping, too much stimulus or something. So again, welcome, you've found a very helpful place.
 

Kelculator

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Lightheadedness is definitely a common symptom of an anxiety disorder. And it can feel very real, to the point you feel nauseous or something. It is great that you are so aware of your symptoms and that you have such an open mind to seeking help. Getting help, like by the way mentioned above, is a giant step to recovery. I hope it goes well for you.
 

LynnK

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Thank you both so much especially for the encouragement! I recently went on cruises for a few weeks and after the first few days the anxiety was gone. It was such a relief to feel normal and it motivated me to do something about it.
 

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Hi @LynnK, and welcome! :) I agree with the others - It could very well be a symptom of anxiety, and a doctor should help you understand whether that's it or not. There could also be simple physical things that cause those symptoms - I was having a lot of dizziness and lightheaded feelings due to a simple hormone imbalance. Either way, you are in good company and we're glad you're here.
 

Kelculator

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Thank you both so much especially for the encouragement! I recently went on cruises for a few weeks and after the first few days the anxiety was gone. It was such a relief to feel normal and it motivated me to do something about it.
I'm so glad to hear! Remember that if anxiety returns at any point, we are here for you. :) I hope you're doing great.
 
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