Forum member, JGRECS, asks, "Does anyone ever feel like they are floating? Tingling in the hands, light sensitivity?" A couple of members responded with descriptions of similar sensations:
I too get the floating feeling you are describing - sometimes it feels like my head is going to leave my body - I actually put my hand on my head to make sure it's still there. And, if this happens while walking - the floating feeling - I will walk a little hard on my feet just to feel the floor to make sure I am still grounded. --mrsellen
I almost feel like I've floated out of my body and I'm standing there looking at myself. Or, sometimes I'll feel like my body is made of jelly. I'll feel like, if I wanted to, I could bend and twist my legs and arms every which way. Sometimes, It'll get to the point where I touch my arms and legs to makes sure they're still there. --LeslieJean72
These troubling symptoms may be caused by depersonalization or derealization. According to the DSM-IV- TR, depersonalization and derealization can be symptoms of a panic attack. If you have panic disorder and experience episodes of depersonalization and/or derealization, you're likely to wonder:
- "Am I going crazy?"
- "Do I have some grave illness?"
- "Am I dying?"
The answers to these questions are no, no and absolutely not. Though quite disturbing, the symptoms of anxiety-related depersonalization and derealization are actually not thought to be dangerous.