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    Going Mad!
    An_247909 posted:
    I have only just discovered that alcohol and anxiety are related and I am so relieved I thought I was just going mad. After a night out the next day I feel as though I am going mad and going to die. I was wondering if anyone else gets the feeling of 'not being there' and 'spaced out' I can walk down the street and I get a sudden feeling of panic that I am not there it feels like everything around me is going really fast and I'm not real. It's petrifying. Also when I have an anxiety attack I cannot stop my thoughts I feel as though I am going mad and going to be like that for the rest of my life. I worry about telling anyone when I have an anxiety attack in case I get sectioned. It sounds crazy I know. Is it just me?
    Patricia Farrell, PhD responded:
    Alcohol isn't without its consequences and two of them are anxiety and depression brought on by a few things, most probably swelling (possibly of the brain) and its effect on normal levels of electrolytes.

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