I'm semi retired and have no financial concerns, so i find it hard to believe they are related to anxiety.
I have had these symptoms for at least 8 years now and have followed both the mental health and the biological route in finding help and these are my findings.
I feel it coming on few seconds before an episode/attack.
I freeze (not my muscles I just zone out so much I stop what I'm doing).
Disorientation and dissociation.
Overwhelming déjà vu/jamais vu.
About 5-10 mins nausea but rarely vomit.
Tired for between 15 mins to 2 hours and feel like I could just sleep for ever.
Feel very pale and washed out.
Complete loss of appetite.
Frequency is about 3 a day at most and then I can not have one for months.
I had quite a few traumatic events in my youth so I decided to first follow the psychological route and apart from a few obvious issues was mentally sound so next I described my symptoms and told the doctor a few things I thought he should know. Firstly the fact that I was having this strong déjà vu (I was concerned the doctor would think it was something to do with my mental health but he heard me out) and that I had experimented with several drugs in my past, currently smoke weed and all my other symptoms. My doctor asked me a few other questions and then refereed me to a Neurologist. The Neurologist told me that he wanted to run some test to see if I wasn't having Absent Seizures (a type of epilepsy) so we did a few MRI scans a couple of EEG's and a couple sleep deprived EEG's. What they needed to do was do the scan and if I had an absence while in the scanner they would see a spike and they would be able to confirm the seizure. Unfortunately no absence but no surprise as they are so random. I spoke with my neurologist and he said the next thing he could do is give me some medication and if it help then fine and if not then we would need to try a different medication till we found the right one. Then he asked me how much this was affecting my life and if I wanted to go onto medication. I thought about it and although it isn't nice for me (as I have heard it can be for some) I can live with it and decided not to go onto medication but said if it got worse that I would let him know immediately.
They still come and go and today I had a strong one, and I got home I had a joint (btw never had an attack when high (some people can get déjà vu when high but this is different)) and thought I'd have a look online for some more info on it and found this forum and loads of people have the same thing which is great (and not great :D) I then was looking into it in some more depth and stumbled upon something new. I had looked up absent seizures and things didn't fully match up, no mention of déjà vu and it was all a bit vague so I looked further into it and found an article on "Complex partial seizure" and bam. Sounds like we all have complex partial seizure aka Focal (partial) seizures and these are the symptoms from the national epilepsy website:
Flushing, sweating, going very pale, having a churning feeling in your stomachSeeing things as smaller or bigger than they really areSeeing or hearing something that is not actually happeningSmelling non-existent smellsTasting non-existent tastesFeeling frightened, panicky, sad or happyFeeling detached from what is going on around youFeeling sickHaving vivid memory ‘flashbacks’Having an intense feeling of ‘deja vu’, when you are convinced you have experienced something before – even when you haven’tBeing unable to recognise things that are very familiar to you - sometimes referred to as ‘jamais vu’Chewing, smacking your lips, swallowing or scratching your headFumbling with your buttons or removing items of your clothingWandering off, without any awareness of what you are doing, or where you are goingSound familiar. I hope this helps as this looks like I finally have an answer for me.
As mentioned I have found something that does seem to stop these symptoms but this is not something I can do all day everyday and is not necessarily a viable treatment.
I still think it is worth going to the doctor to get yourself scanned just in case it's something else because the internet is not a doctor.
Good luck everyone.
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It started when I was 16. I came to the United States to fin High School. i didn’t have friends nor family, this was the most time I suffered from a loneliness , and also I was taking recreational supplements ( the stuff from GNC).
The first Panic attach what triggered by smoking marijuana, (I had to smoke to make friends in US public schools) that sent me into a heavy dream mode where everything slowed down around me, and I had flashes where everything kept repeated, it feels good all of the sudden then I realize I am in a dream and start to panic. It lasted few hrs. After the drug wore off, I never did marijuana again, but the dejavu symptoms started. It starts with dejavu and there I start to realize I am going in a phase, or panic, I hear words but need time to register the info. The same when I read. Also I felt my stomach was funny, then when I think about the symptoms, the problem panic starts (as if thinking of symptoms was part of the symptom) . I go through a short memory lost, also feeling of loss of interest, and depression. I panicked the first time, but I learned to control myself (at least recognize that I am going through an episode). My IQ went down significantly, (I was willing to be stupid rather than depressed). I can’t prove this, Maybe my excessive thinking was part of the problem. So I stopped thinking as before.
I went to the hospital where they thought I was on drugs. They were surprised to see the test was negative. Thereafter I started to feel pain in the back of my brain, and this pain lasted few years. It felt like my brain was bleeding all the time. I did an x-ray for my head everything was normal.
Another note that I am an artist and it happens more when I do repeated things, or when I overwork on video editing. Other triggers are when I go through emotional problems (like braking up with GF) . etc
If the reader feels good because he feels he is not the only one. Then I have news for you,, there is no medication that will cure you fully. I was assigned to a physiotherapist, and he prescribed Zoloft. YES it worked for the short term, but the medication is designed in a way that you will not be fully treated, and the panic attaches kept coming back. Every time they come back I take Zoloft and as soon as I take them ( within 3 days I feel better). as if its designed to keep you hooked to it.
in 2006 i had my last attach, I have learned about the FDA scam and how they keep you sick, so I decided to go natural. I used 5-htp mostly, and sometimes SamE, also B12 because doctor told me that my blood was low on B vitamin.
My advice is not to get addicted to Zoloft, the doctors don’t give a sh*t about you, they want you sick to keep making money (ok not all real doctors, but most psychotherapist) Try to get out of antidepressant, when I took the natural cures, it took long time to heal, about 6 months but I never had an episode again since and it’s been 5-6 years now. ALSO when you get these symptoms of depression, you have to SMILE, I know you will be feeling like sh*t, and unable to smile, and trust me it will make a difference after a while.
If you feel like you lost your IQ, then you can retain it by improving your memorization. In our culture we tended to memorize our holy scripture, so practicing to memorize helped. But can’t be sure. because I can’t prove I recovered fully. And GOD KNOWS BEST.
These Deja-vu episodes just started to happening to me followed by feeling anxiety, and a little disoriented...the only thing that comes to mind is the fact that I spend more time on the computer than I use to. I have heard that this can cause some mild seizure episodes where none have occured before. These episodes are frightening and I think I'll take a computer break and see what happens. Best to all of you.
Another episode was while playing this video game and I felt the oncoming deja vu and fear. This time I convinced myself that it was fine and just relaxed. Then this weird thing as some of you have mentioned happend. I didn't just FEEL the deja vu. I KNEW what was going to happen. I felt I was going to roll a seven with the dice in the game. I rolled the dice and BOOM! A seven! Next, I knew who was going to win the next round out of four persons. A couple of more of this knowings of what would happen happened under the course of the game.
I'm really in to metaphysics and have done a lot of research on the topic and I am convinced that there are more to these "mental" issues than most of us belive. I think in many cases, deja vu is really a precursor to clairvoyance and likes. The same with schizophrenia. There are just too many "weird" happenings going on with these so called "mental illnesses". We are in the dawning of a new age where we are just starting to get a glimpse of whats on the other side of the door. Don't be afraid. It's the fear that keeps us from living.
If you are afraid that something is wrong with you, go see a doctor. It could turn out there is some physical complication. But keep an open mind and don't just brush it off like some weird happening. The ultimate reality lies inside of us.