Fainting Is Not For The Faint Of Heart… Really.

Have you ever fainted? I have. Three times and all were related to receiving shocking news.

The first time was when my grandmother unexpectedly passed away.

The second time was being told I was going to be three credits short to graduate from college on time.

The last time was on 9/11.

It’s a very weird experience, especially for a person who has no underlying health conditions that would cause one to faint. In all three cases, I fell to the floor like dead weight, but came around right away.

For people with dysautonomia, especially postural orthostatic tachycardia, or POTS, fainting can be a regular occurrence.

It’s common for a person with POTS to have a sudden drop in blood pressure when they stand up.

For Holly Williams, a writer who attends movies and plays, her propensity to faint can sometimes interfere with her job. Fictional blood and guts can cause her to pass out, and she’s had some amusing, and some not-so-amusing experiences while sitting in the audience.

To read more about Holly’s story, click here.

Holly believes the cause of her fainting episodes is genetic because her mother shares this unfortunate trait.

If you are a “fainter,” maybe it’s time to talk with a healthcare professional to find out what’s really causing it to happen. It might save you from whacking your head on the way down!


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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