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Does anxiety cause lightheadedness?

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
It Sure Can: All of the physical symptoms of anxiety r directly the result of the cascade of physiological events that get triggered when ur primitive fear ; rage brain centers sense danger. Learn about this "fight or flight or freeze" response. See: http://bit.Ly/wzhvqo once u understand the physiology of anxiety, the symptoms make sense. This doesn't make them feel less unpleasant necessarily though!

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What causes anxiety?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anxiety causes: Anxiety, generally speaking, is a protective mechanism designed to prevent us from engaging in potentially harmful behaviors. Causes can be; 1. Biological..........Genetics, or chemicals such as caffeine or drugs. 2. Psychological.........Perceived threat. 3. Social.............Actual threat.
Dr. Timothy Schultz
General Practice 31 years experience
panic attacks are one form of anxiety and one of the triggering factors can be elevated levels of CO2- as in traffic jams. Depression and anxiety are often part of the individual brain's announcement that the unconscious part of our nervous system- autonomic-is taking over control of a perceived threat. Though it may have been an adaptive mechanism for survival, it replaces the adaptive choices that we can make about specific threats. It is interesting to note that patients with esophageal reflux and ulcer feel more anxious as it may trigger/reroute the signal of the Vagus nerve- which controls many autonomic functions.
Oct 7, 2012

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