Log in
Anxiety Support
36,733 members40,002 posts

Does anyone else feel overwhelmed outdoors?

I have severe anxiety and derealisation that's been getting better lately, but I have a lot of trouble outside when my anxiety is bad. It's like I get this sense that the world is so huge and the sky is so big above me and I start to get dizzy. Even walking my dog down the street makes me uncomfortable. Everything just feels too BIG, I guess. Idk if that makes sense.

10 Replies
oldestnewest

have you tried reading dr.claire weekes books.they really helped me years ago?

2 likes
Reply

Yes. Just dug mine out again

Reply

Yes I often get woozy anyway (probably nerves) but I know what you mean. It used to happen to me a lot as a child. Found the sky overpowering and awesome. I could never lie flat on the grass and look at the sky like my friends did as I felt as though I would fall off the world.

1 like
Reply

wow, this is exactly how i feel!

1 like
Reply

does to me.

1 like
Reply

I`m usually fine out of doors in my local neighbourhood, but if I have to travel to a strange area, especially where the buildings are tall, I get quite panicky & overwhelmed.

1 like
Reply

Oh yes, I feel this all the time,unsteady walking.Have to walk beside a wall,so I can cling to it, if I get dizzy, but it is anxiety, at its best..I know, because whenever I have a few drinks, in our local pub.I can walk. even run, home without feeling dizzy, Terrible what anxiety can do to us..xxx

2 likes
Reply

Do you still feel this way??? My derealization made me feel like the sky was too small 😕 And I was petrified to be outside. It felt like I was still inside smh. That has thankfully gone away. I actually welcome how big it is now because of how scary that part of my derealization was.

1 like
Reply

It goes back and forth for me. Sometimes the sky looks like walls and sometimes it just seems overwhelming and huge. Either way it ends up making me sick

1 like
Reply

Yes like walls exactly. And honestly I can relate to the overwhelmingly huge part as well. Derealization is so annoying. It really f's u up. I was literally in tears all day everyday and couldn't sleep at night at all. By far the scariest thing ever

1 like
Reply

You may also like...