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   Posted 9/10/2017 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
So lately I've been waking up scared as heck feeling like I'm going to faint. Only occurs when I'm trying to take a nap or go to sleep. It's right when I'm diving to sleep that I wake up freaked out , dizzy or lightheaded.Have been to the ER but they couldn't find anything. Have any of you experienced something similar ?

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   Posted 9/10/2017 12:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I have it many times but also been having since was diagnosed with anxiety.


MOSTLY I am freaked out.

I also have nightmare problems too.

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   Posted 9/10/2017 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   
How do you feel at night ?

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   Posted 9/10/2017 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes I have the same problem for me it's usually triggered by a nightmare which causes me to wake up in a panic.

I use my coping skills to help me calm back down ready to go back to sleep.

I try not to worry about the future -- so I take each day just one anxiety attack at a time.


Diagnosed with:- Asperger's Syndrome, Dyslexia, GAD, Social Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, OCD, Depression and Scheuermann's Disease (Adult)

Medications:- 60mg Prozac, Olanzapine 10mg, Dihydrocodeine 180mg per day

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   Posted 9/10/2017 1:10 AM (GMT -7)   
My Cocern is I have no trigger
I just wake up scared to death

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   Posted 9/10/2017 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I used to have this issue...and realized it was tied into my fear of feeling out of control. If you think about it...we spend much of our day managing our anxiety...protecting ourselves from it, rather than accepting it at times.

Then, when we surrender to sleep, we are in fact, letting something other than ourselves be in charge in a sense. Sleep is a somewhat helpless state...and one where we are not fully in control.

Working on relaxation exercises before trying to sleep may somewhat bridge the gap between the awake and asleep state...

...and in the bigger picture, accepting the anxiety, rather than fighting or fearing it should be a goal. smile
(this is not to say that you throw in the towel on your management...but rather making acceptance a part of your overall recovery outlook)

Peace and progress!


"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT
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