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Electrical feeling? Anxiety related?

Postby Dakotaice » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:04 pm

When a social situation gets especially intense, like someone is angry, yelling, or showing extreme emotion (crying hysterically) I get this feeling I can only describe as being overloaded with electricity. I feel like I’m an electrically charged tuning rod that’s literally crackling with energy. It makes me feel like I’m going to explode and I start to shake all over.

Then—this is going to sound like I’m loony—it feels like what I can only describe as an “other” takes possession of my body and responds to the situation in whatever way necessary to return the emotional intensity into equilibrium.

For example, I feel this electricity when I am in a group and someone starts talking and everyone else ignores the person. Then, even if I don’t want to, I respond to the person being ignored. Another example, recently, my friend was road raging on a group of construction workers to their faces. I started smiling at them and waving even though I knew it’d make us look weird. After we drove off my friend said “you’re too nice you just made me look insane!” And I didn’t want to do that! But the electrical intensity of her outrage was so intense for me I had to diffuse it somehow.

What the heck is this? Am I insane? When I google about this all I keep finding are web MD articles about social anxiety zaps. This is not the same. It isn’t a zap, the intense electrical feeling flows throughout my entire body.
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Re: Electrical feeling? Anxiety related?

Postby Wally58 » Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:38 pm

When was your last physical exam? Blood pressure, circulation and nervous system issues, chemical/endocrine deficiencies or imbalances can show up as physical symptoms under stress.
My breathing changes when I am headed into panic or distress. I used to hyperventilate without being aware of it. Then my arms, legs and lips would begin to tingle, vibrate and fall asleep. It felt like I was having a heart attack, which made the panic avalanche.
After this was pointed out to me by a doctor during an attack, I learned to keep tabs on my breathing. Deep, slow breaths and distraction usually brought me back to normal. It is good to stay in touch with your body if it is trying to tell you something.
I would start with a visit to your personal physician. Describe what is happening. They may want to start with a blood test. They may refer you to a specialist for further diagnosis. Rule out any physical things first.
Best of luck to you. :D
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