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Dizziness *causes* anxiety. When this anxiety stays day after day, then disrupts your sleep, you begin to be anxious about being anxious. In this scenario, your own fear of what is happening is like throwing petrol on the already hot fire. I've been through the whole deal and know how horrid it is. The first thing I would suggest you do is know that it is not you and only you that has created this anxious state. When your brain can't work out what's up or down, the sympathetic nervous system goes into over-drive and you feel anxious. For me the initial anxiety that came with VN was just more than I could bare. Even worse, it was such a new thing, that I had no idea how to deal with it and so I freaked out amd made things 1000X worse.

Here's some summarised info from the science literature:

Chronic anxiety is a common side effect of labyrinthitis which can produce tremors, heart palpitations, panic attacks and depression. Often a panic attack is one of the first symptoms to occur as labyrinthitis begins. While dizziness can occur from extreme anxiety, labyrinthitis itself can precipitate a panic disorder. Three models have been proposed to explain the relationship between vestibular dysfunction and panic disorder (Simon et al., 1998):

Psychosomatic model: vestibular dysfunction which occurs as a result of anxiety.

Somatopsychic model: panic disorder triggered by misinterpreted internal stimuli (e.g., stimuli from vestibular dysfunction), that are interpreted as signifying imminent physical danger. Heightened sensitivity to vestibular sensations leads to increased anxiety and, through conditioning, drives the development of panic disorder.

Network alarm theory: panic which involves noradrenergic, serotonergic, and other connected neuronal systems. According to this theory, panic can be triggered by stimuli that set off a false alarm via afferents to the locus ceruleus, which then triggers the neuronal network. This network is thought to mediate anxiety and includes limbic, midbrain and prefrontal areas. Vestibular dysfunction in the setting of increased locus ceruleus sensitivity may be a potential trigger.

If I knew then what I know now, I would have had an arsenal of valium on hand. While I used it here and there it was not nearly enough to kill the massive attacks. If used in a smart fashion and directed at attacks when they feel far too much to handle I think valium is extremely effective at getting through the worst of this for those that get the anxiety component. One thing's for sure: if you don't kill the anxiety, compensation will only grind to a halt. I saw this first hand. Seeing a therapist and learning some anxiety coping skills - namely cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - cannot be overstated. At the end of the day, this thing forces us to learn about the workings of the mind and how NOT to listen to most of the garbage it generates. CBT will help you get there more quickly.

Hang in there.....Scott :cool: