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   Posted 12/31/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I keep reading that it's not possible to pass out when having a panic attack--is that accurate?  Is it possible to almost pass out--for example; getting so dizzy that you hit the floor and everything goes black, but you are still conscious? 
I'm asking because I am having weird attacks at night and am trying to figure out if they are partly panic/anxiety related as I've been treated for PTSD in the past.   The above description happens with out fail after every attack and when I stand up I am completely fine, as though nothing has even happened.

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   Posted 12/31/2008 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I also go through this and am just fine afterwards also. It is stress and a drop of blood pressure that causes this in my case, but you should really check with you doc to rule out anything else.

I feel for you Sarah because it is very scary and especially with children to tend to.

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   Posted 12/31/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   

in the 18 years since my first panic attack (im 28) i have never once fainted. i have felt many times that i was GOING to faint, but as Sam mentioned, the drop in BP has something to do with that as well as hyperventilating- thats why breathing excercises are so important to keep up.

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   Posted 12/31/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read that people feel as though they will faint during an attack but they do not. Of course, everyone is different. I get that exact feeling sometimes. It's definitely scary! Slow down your breathing during an attack and remain seated or lying down if possible. Maybe doing this will keep that feeling from coming. I'm not a doctor but maybe bringing this symptom up with he/she would be a good idea.

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   Posted 1/1/2009 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Happy New Year's Eve,

If you hyperventilated you could pass out but as soon as you did your respiratory system would kick in and you would be fine.

You posted " stand up I am completely fine, as though nothing has even happened." Usually when people feel like they are going to pass out lying down when they stand up their BP drops and that could cause you to pass out.  It happened to me once but it was due to dehydration.

I would check with your physician the next time you see him/her.

Take care



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