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  • Vertigo Caused by Psychological Condition


Vertigo Caused by Psychological Condition

Aka: Vertigo Caused by Psychological Condition, Dizziness Caused by Psychological Condition, Psychological Conditions Causing Dizziness
  1. Findings: Suggestive of Psychological cause of Dizziness
    1. Provoked by stress (also seen in Migraine)
    2. Constant Vertigo for weeks
      1. Anxiety or Depression
      2. Brief spells are seen in Panic Attacks
      3. Persistent Vertigo also seen in Meniere's
  2. Symptoms: Dizziness due to Depression or Anxiety
    1. Timing: Chronic Dizziness
    2. Characteristics
      1. Lightheaded Sensation
      2. May experience floating or rocking Sensation
    3. Provocative: Keep head still and move eyes
  3. Symptoms: Dizziness due to Panic Attack
    1. Timing: Brief spells lasting minutes
    2. Characteristics
      1. Dizziness and Nausea
      2. Accompanied by Panic Symptoms (sweats, Palpitations)
  4. References
    1. Lempert (1991) J Neurol 238:140-6 [PubMed]

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