Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Philip in Sycamore, Illinois. Is it normal to feel dizzy when under a lot of stress?
Stress can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from headaches, stomachaches, unusual aches and pains, decreased energy and nausea to insomnia, frequent illness, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath and dizziness. This sensation of dizziness is usually caused by an anxiety attack or intense anxiety or dehydration.
If you believe that you may be experiencing an anxiety attack, then you may feel disconnected from reality, a fear of going crazy, a feeling of loss of control, shortness of breath, a feeling of everything closing in on you, an intense feeling of doom, shaking, heart palpitations, rapid heartrate and, of course, dizziness or lightheadedness. This is all due to the fight or flight response that your body experiences that’s caused by a rush of adrenaline.
Dehydration is another cause of dizziness, a dangerous one at that. Many people who experience intense stress and anxiety are not aware that their symptoms may be caused by dehydration and can be cured by drinking a few bottles of water. This is especially true for those who experience anxiety regularly.