psychological disturbances and dizziness

Vertigo can cause a great deal of stress in patients and can eventually lead to anxiety (panic attacks, fear of crowded places), depression and somatoform disorders. Moreover, this relationship is bilateral and psychological disorders can also cause dizziness. In some cases, these psychologic disorders also replace the underlying cause of vertigo.
Types of Psychological Disorders
Different psychological disorders that lead to dizziness include anxiety, depression, somatoform disorders and malingering.
The prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the general population is very high. Mood disorders and psychological problems, especially anxiety disorders, are highly prevalent in patients with vertigo. 4% of patients with dizziness have some degree of psychological disorders. The prevalence of these disorders decreases with age. Psychiatric problems are commonly associated with significant balance disorders.