Deja-Vu, Flashbacks, and Anxiety. Help!
Toni

Makarska, Croatia

#126 May 17, 2013
I also have anxiety and panic attacks for years, also sleep paralyse.... I think it is stress/anxiety related. You are not going crazy, take care of yourself... Toni
Jordan

United States

#127 May 17, 2013
Leanne22 wrote:
This is really scaring me now! I have had symptoms similar to these since December, I would get a de ja vu feeling and these 'memories' which would seem so familiar at the time and then just seen to fade away. I would feel slightly anxious after the event but nothing to major. I've seen a neurologist and a neurophysciatrist had an eeg/ECG and bloods all of which came back normal. The neurophysciatrist said he was verging on 100% sure I was not havig seizures but everything I've read here has made me worry again. They happen more when I'm stressed and I have suffere with anxiety/depression/ OCD for years! Can anyone offer any advise?
Yeah, I would listen to your doctor. However if you are that worried just keep talking to your doctor about your experiences. It sounds like epilepsy from my own experience, but I am not a doctor! Some other characteristics are a heightened or lowered sex drive and obsessions with either religion or spiritual ideas. It's complex!
Jordan

United States

#128 May 17, 2013
I watched an E.R. episode once. The doctors didn't know about partial seizures and thought this guy was crazy and faking it until they researched it. Its a crazy world!
Leanne22

London, UK

#129 May 18, 2013
Toni wrote:
I also have anxiety and panic attacks for years, also sleep paralyse.... I think it is stress/anxiety related. You are not going crazy, take care of yourself... Toni


Yeah they started happening after a VERY stressful, traumatic time in my life. The neuro's thought it was more anxiety/OCD but when I saw SOME similarities with epilepsy I freaked out! I don't get te nausea/funny smells/ the intense feeling. It's just jumbled up memories that seem so familiar but are fake. I have suffered with obsessive thinking/intrusive thoughts from a youg age and that runs in my family. I really hope the professionals are correct!
Ton

Makarska, Croatia

#130 May 18, 2013
Anxiety trick...
Toni

Makarska, Croatia

#131 May 18, 2013
It feels like Deja vu, but it"s not deja vu.(deja vu is epilepsy related).
It is from some strange vivid dream - FLASHBACK.
These flashbacks happening only when I awake in INTERACTIONS whit s some elements during daytime... Allways last only 2-3 seconds.
EJS76

Morristown, NJ

#132 May 25, 2013
During the day while fully awake I will see, hear or smell something and instantly my chest tightens, I'm short of breath, my vision blurs, hearing becomes distorted, and I get slightly nauseous. Then I will get a rush of what is close to fear mixed with déjà vu, but not exactly either. Those are simply the closest words to describe the feeling. Then I in my head I experience segments of dreams I've had. Like a dream, it feels like its really happening. All this happens in about 3 seconds. Some are over fast. Some have lasted 30 seconds. Afterwards I remember things like people from the dream, settings like rooms or work settings I know I've dreamed about. I remember details for about 10 seconds then its gone. This started around puberty and happens maybe twice a year. It's happens for a few days then its gone. Stress seems to trigger it. But it has happened out of the blue. It started way before alcohol or drug experimentation. I've never heard of anyone else talk about it. I stumbled upon this sight and it is the first time I've heard others describe it. I've had nothing but blank stares from doctors, friends, teachers, and parents when I try to explain it. Feels good just to write about it..
Jordan

Saint Louis, MO

#133 May 25, 2013
EJS76 wrote:
During the day while fully awake I will see, hear or smell something and instantly my chest tightens, I'm short of breath, my vision blurs, hearing becomes distorted, and I get slightly nauseous. Then I will get a rush of what is close to fear mixed with déjà vu, but not exactly either. Those are simply the closest words to describe the feeling. Then I in my head I experience segments of dreams I've had. Like a dream, it feels like its really happening. All this happens in about 3 seconds. Some are over fast. Some have lasted 30 seconds. Afterwards I remember things like people from the dream, settings like rooms or work settings I know I've dreamed about. I remember details for about 10 seconds then its gone. This started around puberty and happens maybe twice a year. It's happens for a few days then its gone. Stress seems to trigger it. But it has happened out of the blue. It started way before alcohol or drug experimentation. I've never heard of anyone else talk about it. I stumbled upon this sight and it is the first time I've heard others describe it. I've had nothing but blank stares from doctors, friends, teachers, and parents when I try to explain it. Feels good just to write about it..
Definitely sounds like complex partial seizures and/or simple partial seizures. Look it up or ask your doctor. Sounds very similar to the experiences I had growing up!!
Sst

Helsinki, Finland

#134 Jun 13, 2013
"When it happens to me it feels like part dream part, DE ja vu, part real life. When it is happening i feel unattached from the 'real' world and very anxious.
I feel so close sometimes to solving what is going on that i could touch it, but then it ends and i am left feeling as confused as when it first started. Its like a closed door that i nearly get to open and see the other side, but before i get there its abruptly stopped.
Once this 'thing' stops i have absolutely no reconciliation of it whatsoever. Only fuzzy thoughts. I cannot pin point any part of it, however hard i try.-Sarah"
Her experience was closest to mine.
I've had similar experiences as people here have mentioned and I went to a doctor. I had some tests done to my brain and heart and apparently I was "perfectly healthy" (and as far as I know I've never had any injury to my brain). Some suggestions different doctors gave me was it could be low blood sugar or a very, very mild form of epilepsy, or stress and anxiety. The thing is these experiences I have were never triggered by anything special. I don't think they were seizures. Low blood sugar is the only explanation I found made most sense to me, still it doesn't make completely sense. Anxiety is the other possible reason but I still can't believe it fully. I've always been easily stressed and anxious, so I don't understand why I haven't had these "seizures" earlier then... I don't think I've been unusually stressed or anxious now, to trigger such experiences. I feel quite fine.
And I just really can't figure out the dream/memory/deja vu part. Why would a "seizure" trigger something like that? And why not instead trigger a temporal memory loss, like forgetting what you are doing and why? Why is it a dream or a memory that is triggered? I'm just not buying the seizure or epilepsy explanation. This is too weird.
Jordan

United States

#135 Jun 13, 2013
Sst wrote:
"When it happens to me it feels like part dream part, DE ja vu, part real life. When it is happening i feel unattached from the 'real' world and very anxious.
I feel so close sometimes to solving what is going on that i could touch it, but then it ends and i am left feeling as confused as when it first started. Its like a closed door that i nearly get to open and see the other side, but before i get there its abruptly stopped.
Once this 'thing' stops i have absolutely no reconciliation of it whatsoever. Only fuzzy thoughts. I cannot pin point any part of it, however hard i try.-Sarah"
Her experience was closest to mine.
I've had similar experiences as people here have mentioned and I went to a doctor. I had some tests done to my brain and heart and apparently I was "perfectly healthy" (and as far as I know I've never had any injury to my brain). Some suggestions different doctors gave me was it could be low blood sugar or a very, very mild form of epilepsy, or stress and anxiety. The thing is these experiences I have were never triggered by anything special. I don't think they were seizures. Low blood sugar is the only explanation I found made most sense to me, still it doesn't make completely sense. Anxiety is the other possible reason but I still can't believe it fully. I've always been easily stressed and anxious, so I don't understand why I haven't had these "seizures" earlier then... I don't think I've been unusually stressed or anxious now, to trigger such experiences. I feel quite fine.
And I just really can't figure out the dream/memory/deja vu part. Why would a "seizure" trigger something like that? And why not instead trigger a temporal memory loss, like forgetting what you are doing and why? Why is it a dream or a memory that is triggered? I'm just not buying the seizure or epilepsy explanation. This is too weird.
I'm tellin ya it sounds like seizures. Complex partial seizures explain all of those symptoms. It causes an alteration in consciousness and your perception of the world changes. After it is over you have no memory of what happened. With simple partial seizures, you remain aware and recall what happened. If you get an MRI it will show you this. That's how they diagnosed me. It would be so simple to solve this, but I know it's hard to accept. I wish more healthcare professionals knew more about this. If you search about these seizures online you will see stories identical to yours.
Jordan

United States

#136 Jun 13, 2013
When I had the seizures at 10 years old, I would remember what was frightening or some knowledge would enter my consciousness, but when it was over I would completely forget it all. Then I'd have another one and it came rushing back. Used to drive me crazy!!!
Deann

Plymouth, MA

#137 Jun 20, 2013
I'm a 39 year old female who has experienced this for about 10 years. The first time it happened I was driving home from work. I drove myself right to the emergency room. They did an MRI which was normal. I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist who sent me for sleep studies. When those came back normal as well, we discussed my history of migraines. I've had a handful of migrain headaches, quite a few visual migraines. My father gets terrible migrain headaches. The neurologist concluded this was a type of migrain. The episodes seem to mostly be stress related.

It is hard to put into words what happens, but a lot of the descriptions I've read here really hit the mark. A lot of the episodes I've had involve collecting, organizing, filing certain intangible items or objects. I say intangible because I cannot exactly recall what the "items" actually were once the sequence passes. While I'm in the midst of it, my mind knows exactly what "they" are and imparts high importance to them. Sometimes I'll wake in the morning with slight recall of dreaming the night before about collecting/organizing and I know that there is a good chance I will be having an "episode." I get weirded out sometimes because when I encounter a trigger, I had dreamt about it the night before, it feels like a premonition...

Usually ends up a panic attack. I have to sit down, do some deep breathing until it passes. If I don't I kind of get stuck in a loop. My brain doesn't fully let it go and that small part that is hanging on to the feeling flips back in, like my awake brain wants to start dreaming while I'm wide awake.

Glad I found this forum, to know I'm not alone.
Jordan

Saint Louis, MO

#138 Jun 20, 2013
It's interesting how similar all of these experiences are. When I had seizures in the past (pre-medication), they would usually end up causing a migraine headache, so bad that I could do nothing but lie in bed.

Many times the seizure would start when I noticed something in my environment. Then suddenly I would remember whatever was happening as a dream the night before. It felt like I was actually remembering a dream that was coming true in real life. It would feel so intense that every movement of my body, every word someone said, every image that I saw when I turned my head... I knew exactly what I was going to experience a second before it actually happened. It sounds crazy, but that's what I experienced. It was as if the laws of physics, reality, and time became nonexistent, and I could see the world in a way that is only possible while having a seizure. It's as if I'm suddenly between two different worlds/realities. Scariest thing I have ever felt in my life. It only lasts for less than a minute in reality, but remember that I said time felt like it stopped existing while it was happening. I miss them sometimes, but then I remember how terrible and frightening it could be at times.
Jordan

Saint Louis, MO

#139 Jun 20, 2013
It is for this reason that many people with my kind of seizures end up being highly religious or obsessed with philosophy/supernatural ideas. Because they cannot explain the crazy symptoms that occur. It's hard to even find the words. It's as if there is no human language or words to describe the feelings.
JIm

Youngstown, OH

#140 Jul 1, 2013
thank you all. i have had every test know with a clean bill of health.

i thought i was loosing my mind. i have had this "crazy Feeling" for 10 years + years sporadically . the last week has been as a roller coaster, multiple times a day. the most ironical part is that i have been on vacation. in the past most of these "attacks" happen at my desk and are mostly tied to music or something verbal. the "deja vu" always has one song or another web through out it. in the past i have tried to embrace this feeling and try to understand what was going on, i could almost make myself go deeper into the trance. however, i now know that i would never figure it out and only left myself nauseous and more out of it.
i do have one question?
do any of you have memory loss. this is the part the is starting to really scare me.
Male 42

“Stupidity Leak”

Since: Sep 11

Woodsboro

#141 Jul 2, 2013
Jordan wrote:
If you suffer from strong feelings of deja vu (among other symptoms) you must likely have temporal lobe epilepsy (simple partial and complex partial seizures). Call your doctor. Now. They told me I had panic attacks for 8 years before I finally met with a neurologist.
They told my sister the same and she ended up needing brain surgery. Never listen to doctors who say it's anxiety. They are blowing you off. My other sister had a lump in her neck and her doc kept saying it was swollen glands. It was stage 4 Cancer. Luckily she is fine now but was only 17 and missed her senior year of high school.
Jordan

United States

#142 Jul 3, 2013
JIm wrote:
thank you all. i have had every test know with a clean bill of health.
i thought i was loosing my mind. i have had this "crazy Feeling" for 10 years + years sporadically . the last week has been as a roller coaster, multiple times a day. the most ironical part is that i have been on vacation. in the past most of these "attacks" happen at my desk and are mostly tied to music or something verbal. the "deja vu" always has one song or another web through out it. in the past i have tried to embrace this feeling and try to understand what was going on, i could almost make myself go deeper into the trance. however, i now know that i would never figure it out and only left myself nauseous and more out of it.
i do have one question?
do any of you have memory loss. this is the part the is starting to really scare me.
Male 42
I don't understand... You sound like you have seizures. That's why many shamans and prophets are now thought to have had seizures.. Because they put you in a trance and strange things happen (strong déjà vu, memory loss, psychic sensations ). Some doctors don't even know about simple and complex partial seizures since there is little awareness. As soon as they did an MRI they believed that they are seizures. If I listened to some doctors, I wouldn't be seizure free like I am today. I'd still be being treated for anxiety... Good luck don't let some doctors not find the real problem. I too can go deep into my seizure, it makes me experience the world differently, as if I'm in another dimension.
Toni

Orebic, Croatia

#143 Jul 7, 2013
Hypnagogic hallucinations

..........These very vivid images may also sometimes be triggered over the course of the day when the person is awake, causing sensations or images that suddenly appear in the person’s consciousness..........
Jordan

Saint Louis, MO

#144 Jul 15, 2013
yup, I experienced those kinds of hallucinations during seizures when I was a child. scenes of events would flash in my mind as if I were asleep dreaming. Once I saw a woman sitting in a dark corner of a dark basement with her head down crying. I kept getting closer and closer to her and then she turned into me. It was more detailed, but that's the gist. That was my first conscious seizure I experienced as a child. I almost went to the hospital but did not. I actually had a seizure this morning even though I have not had one in many months. It was quite terrifying.
Toni

Makarska, Croatia

#145 Jul 15, 2013
Cheers from Croatia, Jordan :-)

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