Imagine walking down the path at Red Bud Isle when suddenly it seems as though the world around you is spinning. This would certainly result in some anxiety, or even cause you to panic. This is the reality for over 90 million American adults who have experienced a dizziness or balance problem. Below we review the link between balance disorders and anxiety.
The Vicious Cycle
One study estimates, “50 percent of patients with vestibular disorders may develop anxiety, depression or panic disorders.” Furthermore, another study found that, “Anxiety will compromise attentional resources required for complex locomotor tasks,” including balance. This means that not only do balance problems cause anxiety, but anxiety can contribute to even more balance problems. It can be a vicious cycle.
Fortunately, there are many options for managing anxiety caused by balance problems. We review some of them below.
Counseling or therapy can be incredibly helpful in helping you manage your anxiety, whatever the cause. It can help by addressing the underlying issues as well as teaching you coping strategies. It’s important to find the right therapist and therapeutic style to match your needs. If your first therapist doesn’t feel like a great fit, try another.
While medication for anxiety may not be necessary for everybody, it greatly benefits some. Talk to your doctor about whether medication to manage anxiety and panic attacks is right for you.
Exercise, even taking a walk, releases anti-stress, feel-good chemicals such as endorphins and dopamine in your brain. If your anxiety is keeping you from trying new exercises or if you’re worried about falling while exercising, try stationary bikes, treadmills and ellipticals, where you can hold onto the bars, or yoga and tai chi, which are excellent options for people with balance disorders.
See a Balance Expert
In addition to managing your anxiety through counseling/therapy, medication and exercise, you should see a balance expert at Victory Hearing & Balance to try to treat the root of the problem. Our audiologists can diagnose and treat whatever disorder may be affecting your balance, helping you find relief from your anxiety. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Victory Hearing & Balance today.