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Does anyone else feel overwhelmed outdoors?

someone5673
someone5673
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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.

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patrica60

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

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Nora-B
Nora-B
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Yes. Just dug mine out again

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Nora-B

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.

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someone5673
someone5673
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wow, this is exactly how i feel!

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patrica60

does to me.

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hairyfairy

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.

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miarose

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

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RyRywifey

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.

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someone5673

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

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RyRywifey

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

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Shyyy

Wow. I never thought I’d find people who feel the same way I do. The sun really disturbs me for some reason, while the moon doesn’t.

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lofeoutthere

are u better? I have this too. Taking my 4 yr old to the park is overwhelming, I can’t concentrate and get irritable.

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Dogdoo

The ocean does this to me. Or a big lake or pond even.

Creeps me right out, definitely will not go in it.

For some reason, i feel okay ON a boat but can't look over the side into the water.

Just gives me anxiety.

I went snorkeling once many, many years ago when i was still young and dumb.

I looked through my mask for about 3 seconds and I'm pretty sure i ran across the water to get back to the boat.

Gives me anxiety thinking about it to this day.

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