A challenge to accepted ideas, this study of vertigo and dizziness is a wide-ranging exploration of the topic which integrates biological, environmental, psychological and social factors to construct a detailed account of the condition, illustrated by excerpts from interviews with sufferers.
Dizziness is extremely common, yet it is frequently discounted as an unimportant epiphenomenon of some primary disorder, or simply a symbolic expression of anxiety. This study aims to draw attention to the problem of disorientation and provides a more complete description of the experience. Every aspect of vertigo and dizziness is considered, including environmental causes of perceptual-motor disequilibrium; neurophysiological links between dizziness and anxiety; cognitive appraisals of disorientation and their behavioural ramifications; and the social significance of instability. The result is a wide-ranging exploration of the topic which integrates biological, environmental, psychological and social factors to construct an account of the condition, illustrated by excerpts from interviews with sufferers.
1. Nature and causes of vertigo 2. Vertigo and the medical profession 3. Physical activity and the environment 4. Thoughts and emotions 5. Attitudes, stigma and handicap 6. Coping with vertigo 7. Concluding comments - towards a new approach to disorientation.
Vertigo & Dizziness by Lucy Yardley
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