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Psychosomatics: What dizziness has to do with the psyche

Constant or recurring dizziness can drastically affect the mental state of patients - like other symptoms of illness - and have a negative effect on the quality of life. Those affected feel particularly helpless when no physical causes can be found. Then the catchphrase “psychosomatic medicine” is often used. But what does that mean? And what does the psyche have to do with symptoms of dizziness?

“Every diagnosis is better than no diagnosis!” - this drastic saying is known from people who have often already completed a doctor's marathon and an examination odyssey with the following result: “You are perfectly healthy!”. The quote mentioned at the beginning may sound violent. However, this is by no means based on the need to be sick. "It is much more about the hope of finally finding a cause that can be dealt with quickly with medication in order to get rid of the stressful symptoms," says psychotherapist Mag. Katrin Hofer. But precisely this physical cause is not always present in the case of dizziness - medically vertigo. If there is no physical cause for the dizziness, the symptom may indicate emotional distress. In this case one speaks of a sub-area of ​​psychosomatics. An area in which Mag. Katrin Hofer has specialized.

Mental stress due to extensive dizziness diagnosis

The psychotherapist knows the psychological stress that vertigo patients are exposed to. “In my practice, I often experience the enormous psychological stress of people who are sent home by the doctor without a diagnosis. Since the causes of dizziness in particular can be diverse, many of those affected have already visited numerous doctors and have undergone nerve-wracking and time-consuming examinations. If it then means that you are healthy, '"that ends the hope of rapid medical treatment of the problem," says Mag. Hofer.

The desperation of vertigo patients without a physical diagnosis is often all the greater because the physical vertigo is real. But the physical cause is absent. This is where psychosomatics comes into play, which takes psychological influences on physical processes into account. In these cases, one speaks of psychogenic - that is, psychologically caused - vertigo. A frequent expression of this phenomenon is the phobic vertigo, which occurs in those affected in stressful situations or can also be an expression of a panic attack. “In many cases, patients are also afraid of the next attack of vertigo, in other words, fear of fear becomes an issue,” says Mag. Hofer.

Psychogenic dizziness can be felt intensely physically

But even if all physical causes are ruled out, many sufferers hesitate to seek out a psychotherapist. “This is because the symptoms of psychogenic dizziness can often be felt very intensely physically and the patients think that they are doing very well psychologically. The idea of ​​looking at the physical on the spiritual level is alien to some. So you try to distance yourself from your own psychological stress. Especially if these are not noticeable on the surface. But our psyche is often burdened by something unconscious that the body wants to show. In this case, the body speaks to us, ”says the psychosomatic expert.

Even if dizziness can be an expression of anxiety disorders or panic attacks, the psychogenic dizziness does not necessarily have to be a serious mental illness. “Mental stress can only exist for a short time and cause symptoms. Those affected can ask themselves the following questions, for example: "

Questions to ask yourself about mental dizziness:

  • What do you yourself associate with dizziness?
  • What does the dizziness mean to you?
  • What can or shouldn't you see clearly at the moment?
  • What does not allow you to go through life without a head for heights?
  • What - like dizziness - do you not have under control?

"These and other questions point the way to the possible psychogenic triggers of vertigo," continues Mag. Hofer. “Because someone who is affected by imbalance often cannot see clearly during an attack. You may feel confused, perceive everything blurred. ”And these physical feelings can mostly be transferred to sensations in other life situations.

Dizziness: psychological cause behind physical symptom

So psychotherapy helps to find the psychological cause behind the physical symptoms. “The more caring and sensitive we are with the signs of our body, the easier it is to understand what these signs stand for. In order to counteract them in this way and in the best case to avoid the symptoms being dragged on and thus becoming chronic. "