Falling Sensation, feel like you are falling
Falling sensation, feel like you are falling or dropping:
You experience a sudden and brief episode where you feel like you are dropping or falling, as if in an elevator, yet you are standing on a firm floor or ground.
It may be felt in the head alone, or may feel as if your entire body is falling or dropping.
This falling dropping sensation can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.
This falling dropping sensation can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel a pins and needles feeling once and a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.
This falling dropping sensation may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.
This falling dropping sensation can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.
This falling dropping sensation can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.
This falling dropping sensation can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.
All of the above combinations and variations are common.
What causes the anxiety falling dropping sensation?
Anxiety causes the body to produce the stress response (also known as the fight or flight response). The stress response stresses the body. When the body becomes overly stressed, which we call stress-response hyperstimulation, the body can exhibit a wide variety of odd and unusual sensations and symptoms. The falling dropping sensation is one of them.
How to get rid of the falling dropping sensation?
Because the falling dropping sensation is just a symptom of elevated stress, it needn't be a cause for concern. It will subside when you reduce your stress and give your body ample time to calm down. As your body's stress returns to a more normal level, symptoms of stress subside, including the falling dropping sensation. Therefore, this symptom needn't be a cause for concern.
Chapter 9 in the Recovery Support area of our website is our anxiety symptoms chapter. It contains detailed information about all anxiety symptoms, including what they are, why they occur, what you can do to eliminate them, and how many people experience them (the percentage of people who experience each anxiety symptom). Our anxiety symptoms chapter includes a more detailed description and explanation about the falling dropping sensation anxiety symptom.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2015.