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iamdavea

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I have times, when I'm anxious, when the entire visual experience is so vivid it feels overwhelming to me, and I have to do a lot of self-calming thoughts to begin to relax.  I almost feel like I'm not "there", and I'm being flooded by all this visual information.  At times, it can be very scary, and I feel like I'm about to lose my grip entirely.  Does anyone else share this experience, and what do you do to work through it?  Thanks!!
AroraOwl

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Yes!!! Definitely! When my anxiety is really bad, my senses are on overload. Especially my vision and hearing. I was in a loud bright crowded restaurant the other night and was having anxiety. I felt like everything was overly loud, busy, and my eyes were overwhelmed by movement and light. I wanted to bolt and could barely eat. It's distressing. I just keep having to tell myself it's anxiety and it won't harm me. Easier said than done right? [tongue]
iamdavea

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Do you ever feel like these may be indications of a psychotic break?  Sometimes I feel like I must be losing my mind, I feel so out of sorts and overwhelmed.  And I get intrusive thoughts, and I feel like I might be about to snap.  I'm scared.  My therapist told me that my symptoms and experiences are simply my anxiety getting overly focussed on ordinary things, but I worry it's something more ominous.

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Your worry may be the cause. The constant analysis and trying to figure it out makes for a sensation of 'unreality' which, although harmless, is common and perhaps a hormonal reaction in your nervous system. Possibly lactic acid is the culprit. Try to just let these 'weird' experiences just happen and ignore them. Right now you are doing the opposite. This worrying keeps the nerves sensitized. It's been shown that some aerobic exercise helps with lactic acid buildup from stress. They really mean nothing and do not mean you are about to go crazy or some other fearful outcome.
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