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If you can find and read a thread in this forum called "Heavy Head,,,,,Lightheaded", I asked the same thing. The thread is about 2 weeks back. I got the following very helpful answer from Boxerlover:

[QUOTE]Hi Guys!

I am with you on this one! I suffer from heavy head and dizziness/lightheadedness on a daily basis. And when my anxiety is bad, so are these symptoms! As for your question~
What is the difference between panic and anxiety? I can answer this one,
I suffer from Anxiety and Panic Disorder so I know a lot about the two.
Panic attacks are a sudden and intense response to a normal thought or sensation. It is often accompanied with a feeling of impending doom and multiple physical sensations such as: Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations Sweating Shaking visibly or inside Choking sensations Smothering sensations or shortness of breath Chest pain or discomfort Nausea or abdominal discomfort Dizziness or unsteadiness Feeling light-headed Derealisation (feeling unreal) Depersonalisation (Feeling detached from oneself) Fear of losing control or going crazy Paraesthesia (numbness or tingling sensations) Chills or hot flushes.. Where as Anxiety Disorder
is described as a more psychological condition, prolonged by thought processes which perpetuate the condition. For example:
Anxiety can cause phobias such as agoraphobia which is a condition which develops from a "logical" development of self preservation avoidance. By avoiding certain situations the sufferer limits their activities, this forms the start of obsessive behaviour and when left untreated can cause debilitating social phobias. Some find it hard to even leave the house when developing this condition (agoraphobia)..There is very rarely just one reason why an anxiety disorder develops. Disorders are usually the result of a combination of factors such as Stress, past experiences such as bereavement, or lifestyle, just to name a few, It can take some time for an anxiety disorder to develop and may present no, or very few, symptoms until the disorder has developed fully. It is also NOT uncommon for one person to have multiple anxiety disorders.. This is what was explained to me about the difference between Panic disorder and Anxiety disorder. I Hope you found this helpful, I know when I was told the difference it made things a little bit clearer as to what it was that I was suffering from. Boxerlover[/QUOTE]





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