Vertigo is a type of dizziness that can bring about the feeling of motion while being still 3. Both physical and mental causes have been attributed to vertigo 3. The use of as anti-depressants, blood pressure medications and illegal drugs also can cause vertigo 3. Physically, a person suffering from vertigo might have issues affecting the inner ear, nervous system disorders or Menier’s disease 3. There are also metaphysical or psychological causes of vertigo 3. People who suffer from vertigo should visit their doctors for a complete evaluation 3.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Questioning Life and Death
People can suffer from vertigo when they start to grasp some of life’s more existential questions 3. As they wonder if their life has meaning, they can experience the dizzying sensation of vertigo 3. This has been attributed to a person’s personal feelings of emptiness and smallness. Often the questioning of life and death occur when a person suffers the loss of a loved one or gets diagnosed with an illness. Mental health counseling from a professional is a good way to deal with these intense emotional upheavals, according to Danielle Quinodoz in the book “Emotional Vertigo, Between Anxiety and Pleasure. 13"
Suffering from Anxiety
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Psychoanalysts including Sigmund Freud have concluded that anxiety can cause vertigo in some people 3. When people suffer an anxiety attack, the sensation of falling and dizziness often accompanies it. Anxiety attacks can be devastating to the sufferer. The attacks can be so debilitating that the sufferer will not leave the house for fear of setting one off. Addressing the causes of anxiety can help with understanding the causes of vertigo 3. Anxiety can be treated pharmacologically with anti-anxiety or anti-depressants or psychologically through therapy, say Quinodoz and the American Academy of Family Physicians on its AFP website.
Not Having Balance in Life
Naturopaths have put forth that the people who experience vertigo suffer from a sense of not being grounded and have unresolved issues that cause imbalance in their lives 3. This could mean unresolved feelings about taking their lives in new directions. Sometimes people who have experienced a great life change can suffer from vertigo as she copes with the new issues that arise 3. Naturopaths seek to heal vertigo sufferers naturally 3. Mediation helps sufferers correct imbalances in their lives, according to dherbs.com.
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- “Emotional Vertigo, Between Anxiety and Pleasure,” Danielle Quinodoz; 1997
- AFP: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- DHerbs: Vertigo
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