Feel like you might
pass out or faint
Feel faint, like you are about to pass
out, woozy, fall over:
You suddenly feel like you are about to pass out, fall over, or faint. It might also feel as though your legs are weak and that you might collapse. It can also feel like you are unsteady, like you are walking on an unstable surface, or that it’s hard to keep your balance.
While you haven't passed out yet, you think you might. The prospect may frighten you. You may also think, "What if I pass out, what will everyone think of me?" The thought of passing out frightens you, which can cause more symptoms and fear.
This symptom can also be experienced as a dizzy/lightheaded ‘spell,’ that is like having a sudden feeling of being dizzy/lightheaded that then disappears.
This symptom and/or ‘spells’ can come and go suddenly, come and linger, or come and remain for some time. This symptom and/or ‘spells’ might occur rarely, frequently, or persistently.
This symptom can also be characterized as having ‘episodes’ of feeling like you are going to pass out or faint that come and go, or come and eventually ease off, even if only slightly. This symptom can occur in ‘waves’ of stronger feelings of passing out which ease off or completely subside. Sometimes the intensity can increase for an extended period of time, such as days before the intensity decreases again.
Some people experience episodes of this symptom in association with an increase and decrease in their anxiety and stress (this symptom’s intensity and severity increases and decreases with the intensity of their anxiety and stress), whereas others experience persistent feelings of passing out regardless of an increase or decrease in anxiety and stress.
All variations and combinations of the above are common.