Is Vertigo or Dizziness Connected to a Mental Health Condition?

by | Oct 8, 2012  Quote from this site…

Psychiatric reasons for dizziness include

  • depression, anxiety, or panic disorder,
  • hyperventilation is from breathing too fast or too deeply, usually from anxiety (This may not be apparent to the patient or to observers. Associated hand and foot cramping increase anxiety and perpetuate a cycle.), and
  • somatization is the conversion of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, into physical symptoms. (Often, the patient may be unaware of the underlying mental illness and insist that they have only physical complaints.)
Dizziness is a complicated subject and deserves more understanding, especially as it might be related to the symptoms of PTSD.  I know that under stressful conditions in my life, dizziness; including hyperventilation, would often be a scary symptom.  I usually thought it to be connected with the need to drink more water.  The condition of vertigo, which can hang around and be especially troublesome, needs the attention of medical professionals to help sort out the problem.  After hearing recently from a friend who’s teenage child suffers from vertigo 24/7, I am compelled to pay more attention in the context of of mental health implications.  Please take some quality time and learn more from the above medical reference website.  I would appreciate hearing from readers about their own experience with dizziness and vetigo in the context of anxiety and depression…

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

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    Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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