byAug 28, 2020
Over half of people suffering vertigo also experience anxiety or panic attacks, and researchers started to wonder if one leads to the other.
In a new study published in the International Journal of Research Science and Management, a team of scientists used a simple method to eliminate one condition, and the other disappeared with it.
According to one of the studies cited in the literature review of the new paper, around 45 percent of people with vertigo have anxiety disorder, while 15 percent tend to have panic disorder. The concern exists that these problems may become worse and even permanent if the vertigo is not treated quickly.
For this reason, two Indonesian researchers decided to examine whether anxiety and agoraphobia scores improved after treatment of vertigo patients with the canalith repositioning procedure (also called the Epley maneuver).
The researchers recruited 38 people who had been diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) through a physical examination of the years and through eye-movement tests during head movements.
All participants were all 18 years or older. Those who were on medication, who suffered from any other ear or balance disorder, and who were known to suffer from anxiety or agoraphobia before the study were excluded.
After the BPPV diagnoses, the subjects were given questionnaires to complete for assessment of their anxiety and agoraphobia scores.
They then underwent the canalith repositioning procedure and were told to return for re-evaluation 7 and 14 days after the procedure.
Those who benefited from the treatment, which was pretty much all of them, also experienced a reduction in agoraphobia and anxiety.
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