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Mental Health

Having a vestibular disorder doesn’t only affect your physical health, but also has social and mental health consequences that can dramatically impact on a person’s life.

It is not uncommon that as a result of their chronic illness some people may experience anxiety and/or depression.

Coming to Terms with your Diagnosis

Some people diagnosed with a vestibular disorder may experience a prolonged process of psychological adjustment before coming to terms with their condition. The various phases in this process include:

  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Resolution & Acceptance

For more information on each phase click here.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety Disorders

We all feel anxious from time to time, however, for some people, these anxious feelings are overwhelming and cannot be brought under control easily.

An anxiety disorder is more than just feeling stressed, it’s a serious condition which makes it hard for the person to cope from day to day.

Anxiety disorders are very common. One in four people will experience an anxiety disorder at some stage in their lives.

Anxiety is common, especially for some in the early stages of their diagnosis. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will learn to control the condition.


What Causes Depression?

Most people assume that depression is caused simply by recent personal difficulties or a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression however, is often caused by the mix of recent events and other longer-term or personal risk factors. Research indicates that ongoing difficulties, such as long-term unemployment or living in an abusive or uncaring relationship, are more likely to cause depression than recent life stressors.

Depression can also run in families and some people will be at increased genetic risk. However, this doesn’t mean that you will automatically become depressed if a parent or close relative has had the illness. Life circumstances are still likely to have an important influence on your chances of becoming ill. It’s also common for people to experience depression and anxiety at the same time.


Seeking Help

For more information about anxiety disorders and depression, symptom checklists, effective treatments and where to get help, visit or or call the beyondblue info line on 1300 22 4636.

Click here to read about prevention.

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