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Is it possible to faint from a panic attack?

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Last Updated: 05/07/2018 at 3:10am
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February 1st, 2016 7:51am
Yes, it's very possible to pass out from a panic attack as a panic attack varies from person to person. If you want, you can contact me, and I can help you with the panic attacks.
June 5th, 2015 6:32pm
Yes, it's possible. Although unlikely, it does happen. Feeling faint could result from hyperventilation, the effects of adrenaline, or increased sensitivity.
March 25th, 2015 3:36am
Fainting from panic attacks can happen - but it's rare. Fainting occurs when your blood pressure drops - it's a self-defense mechanism the body has that body has to ensure blood flow to the brain. In panic attacks, your blood pressure tends to rise - instead of fall. That being said, other conditions such as syncope can cause one to faint during a panic attack. You're more likely to experience dizzy spells - or general fear of fainting. Panic attacks cannot hurt you, and they will pass.
April 24th, 2015 12:32am
Absolutely, a panic attack can be overwhelming, and your bodies response might be to pass out to calm yourself and protect you.
August 22nd, 2015 1:59pm
Yes - it is possible to faint from a panic attack. One of the ways is by a change in your blood pressure which means you faint. But, if you hyperventilate when you have a panic attack that can also cause you to faint. This is because your body becomes overloaded with oxygen therefore you pass out.
April 12th, 2015 3:19pm
Yes, since panic attacks lead to hyperventilation - which can cause you to black out due to the excessive of carbon dioxide in your body.
May 2nd, 2015 2:02am
It is possible. Panick attacks can make you breathe in and out very fast, which can result in fainting.
May 13th, 2015 7:24am
I suffer from really bad panic attacks and yes, i have fainted once or twice but i don't think it was caused by the panic attack, more that i wasn't concentrating on my breathing and i wasn't getting enough oxygen. when panicing, just relax, i know it's hard, but close your eyes, concentrate on your heartbeat in your chest, concentrate on something good, try to slow down your breathing, deep breathes and walk around if it helps calm you. i hope this helps
August 18th, 2015 11:02pm
It's not uncommon to have 'faint' type feelings while having a panic attack. Dizziness, light headed, weakness but to actually faint is VERY uncommon.
February 1st, 2015 7:24am
It is possible, but pretty rare. Panic attacks do typically come with a feeling of lightheadedness or a feeling like you'll lose consciousness; I know that during one of mine, I had part of my vision start to go black. The attack itself doesn't cause people to faint, it's the hyperventilation that tends to accompany it or some other medical problem aggravated by the panic attack. If you steady your breathing and take deep, calming breaths, maybe drink some water and sit down, the attack should calm down and hyperventilation should not occur.
June 23rd, 2015 8:22pm
Yes, because panic attacks often involve hyperventilating and extremely heavy breathing. While it is unlikely that you would ever faint simply because of the anxious feeling you get, the hyperventilation could cause lack of oxygen to the brain, which could in turn cause someone having a panic attack to faint or feel woozy.
May 6th, 2015 11:55am
I'm not sure about fainting for an hour, but it is possible to maybe black out for a few seconds from a panic attack.
May 27th, 2015 4:38pm
Panic attacks can make someone feel all kinds of emotions and feelings. Common emotions and feelings include: dizziness, worry, clammy, faint, weak, and distressed. If you feel a panic attack approaching it is important that you are able to stop what you're doing and focus on your breathing.
April 24th, 2015 7:54pm
In very rare cases yes but that usually indicates a heart condition. It's VERY COMMON to feel as though you might pass out but because of your elevated heart rate and blood pressure it's highly unlikely to happen and if it does you should see your GP as soon as possible.
June 12th, 2017 6:20am
I think it depends on people's emotional management. Fainting is an auto-response from a difficult situation. It is the ability of a person to handle it. I never experienced fainting in my entire life even though I usually feel panic. Hearing from other people who experienced fainting, it is more likely connected to the state of health. It tells your brain if you can handle the situation or not.
August 1st, 2017 4:48pm
Not directly from the panic attack, but most people start to hyperventilate when becoming panicked, which can lead to fainting. Taking deep breaths and concentrating on your surroundings (grounding) can help with that.
August 24th, 2015 5:06pm
Yes. Mostly from hyperventilating. Meaning you expel too much CO2 from your blood by breathing to fast. The trick is to slow your breathing down... Perhaps using a relaxation technique like diaphragmatic breathing.
November 30th, 2015 8:23am
Yes, it is possible to faint from a panic attack because of the panic that you are going through.
December 8th, 2015 2:14pm
Physically it is possible, yes. But it is not usual and only happens when the person has traumatic experiences
May 7th, 2018 3:10am
Yes, it’s possible. A lot of times during a panic attack people hyperventilate, or breath really fast. This doesn’t give you enough oxygen and if you do it for too long you could faint.
June 6th, 2015 11:51pm
i would say so. because blood pressure can skyrocket, and many people often feel dizzy, the idea of fainting from panic is very plausible. much like fainting during shock
June 21st, 2016 5:48am
Yes, it is possible to faint from a panic attack because you can cause your breathing to become jagged and staggered and you will hyper ventilate so it's best to take deep breaths as best as you can.
April 10th, 2018 5:25am
Yes it is possible to faint from a panic attack. If you think you might faint from panic attacks, it's best to tell someone who's always around you what they can do to help you calm down or help you when you faint.
Anonymous - Expert in Panic Attacks
September 12th, 2016 7:30am
It is, as you get short breaths and dizziness combined it's fully possible to faint. However remember that panic attacks do not harm.
November 15th, 2016 1:34am
It is possible to faint from a panic attack due to hyperventilating and rapid heart rate. That is why it is important to practice breathing exercises to calm the heart rate and rapid breathing.