Are Vertigo & Paranoia Symptoms of Panic Anxiety Disorder?
by Keith Vaughn
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. Vertigo and paranoia are not generally considered to be symptoms of panic disorder.
Vertigo, which is not the same thing as dizziness, is the feeling that you are spinning or that things are spinning around you. It can often be attributed to inner ear problems. Paranoia, which is an unfounded suspicion of others and their motives, can involve delusions of persecution.
Panic disorder is characterized by the unpredictable onset of panic attacks. Symptoms of a panic attack may include heart palpitations, sweating, trembling, chest pain, nausea, feelings of unreality and impending danger, and a fear of dying.
The causes of panic disorder are unclear; however, genetics, brain chemistry, life events and environment may be contributing factors.
Medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs and beta-blockers may treat symptoms of panic disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), cognitive-behavioral therapy can help individuals with panic disorder change the way they react to stressful situations.
According to the NIMH, panic disorder is linked to depression and substance abuse, and it tends to get worse if left untreated.