Dizziness and Anxiety


Dizziness. It's as though the room is spinning. Your heart races and you feel nauseous. Sometimes it feels like you might go crazy.

Up to 60% of people who experience severe dizziness report feeling anxious and depressed. The dizziness and anxiety can be debilitating and affect your life in dramatic ways. You might stay home more often, avoid socialising with friends, be unable to work or stop doing activities that you enjoy. It can be hard for others to understand what it is like for you and when the dizziness doesn't improve, they might tell you to "get over it". The longer it goes on, the more stressed and alone you feel.

Traditional approaches to treating vestibular problems include medications and vestibular physiotherapy. These have been shown to improve symptoms of dizziness, however the stress, anxiety and depression generally does not resolve. Psychological therapies are quite promising - in addressing both psychological symptoms and the physical symptoms (i.e., dizziness).

Elysia has a particular interest in treating dizziness and associated emotional difficulties. She has worked with patients at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and in private practice.

Telephone (03) 9548 1666 if you are experiencing problems with dizziness and finding it hard to cope.

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