Hi everyone. I thought im the only one who has this, it’s a relief to know that i’m not alone. I spoke to my psychologist about this head shaking thing but she told me that it’s her first time hearing about this.
My problem is not just the head shaking symptom. I seem to be unable to open my mouth as well. My nature of work requires me to attend meetings and giving reports during the meetings. After having a panic attack during a meeting which led me to almost fainting and unable to speak, i’ve been terrified of meetings ever since. However, I started to notice the head shaking symptoms only after the first panic attack, not during that first attack. It has always been the first symptom that i usually experience, then followed by inability to speak, lightheadedness and i just cant seem to hold my head upright. And just like some of you had mentioned, i cant seem to make eye contact with anyone when it happens. Somehow, my head would feel heavy and i would have to look downwards or away to make the symptoms go away.
It’s like my mouth is clamped up, no matter how hard i try to speak. It’s frustrating cos there’s just no way i could actually take my time to exercise the breathing techniques or calm myself in any way whenever i start to feel my head shaking, cos it’s a meeting and everyone is watching you, they expect an answer or a report and i cant even say yes or no or even ask to be excused and all i wanna do is putting my head on the table.
I was on Xanax & Propanolol before this but im off the meds for more than a year after completing my sessions with psychologist. I was doing okay after going off the meds, but then the symptoms came back a few months ago and it’s just so upsetting. I’d like to know if the head shaking thing is affecting anyone’s speeches as well? Are there any quick and surefire ways to stop the shaking without looking weird in the process?
This makes me want to quit my job and im just tired feeling anxious and constantly terrified of meetings.