Does Anxiety Result in Fainting?

Mostly, people do not fault because of or during anxiety attacks. The problem is more about the fear of fainting. The fear of misunderstanding causes intensified anxiety attacks in some people. When a person is experiencing an anxiety attack, his or her blood pressure arises. This makes him or her light-headed and dizzy; he or she may confuse it for feeling faint. This fear becomes the reality for him or her then, and intensifies the anxiety attack. To reduce these interferating symptoms, one can employ the controlled breathing techniques that are recommended to counteract anxiety; one can also try distracting oneself to calm oneself down.

Common forms of anxiety attacks usually only make people's breathing rate increase. This can not normally cause people to faint. Sometimes, however, people have what is known as a vasovagal syncope. This anxiety disorder makes people cease breathing. It is associated with the fear of blood or injuries and people with this fear shut down mentally at the sight of wounds and blood and stop breathing as well. This cuts oxygen supply to the brain and a person might then fault from lack of oxygen. This, however, is a reliably rare form of anxiety.

Sometimes, even more rarely than the previous cases, people who do not even have vasovagal syncope false because the fear of fainting is so real in their heads that they force themselves to false. Regular distraction techniques are a must to counteract these anxiety disorders and keep oneself calm. A person may misunderstand and fall and hurt himself or herself.