You're Not Alone
People who suffer from vestibular dysfunction often experience anxiety, "brain fog," and other problems that affect them mentally and emotionally.
Counseling for Chronic Illness
Chronic illness can strain your view of yourself, your relationships, your place in society, and your plans for the future. Psychotherapy (also known as 'counseling' or just 'therapy') is a valuable resource when you are struggling with these challenges. This publication provides general information about some of the different ways that therapy can be helpful.
The Cognitive Impacts of Vestibular Disorders
Vestibular disorders can affect your ability to think, pay attention, concentrate, remember, reason, and problem solve.
The Emotional Impacts of Vestibular Disorders
The mind/body connection is complex. Emotional factors – the way we think, feel and behave – can have a significant effect, for better or worse, on our physical health and our capacity to recover from illness. Anxiety, fear, and panic are common emotional responses people have when diagnosed with a vestibular disorder. Thankfully, there are ways to overcome these difficulties and improve your mood, functioning, and quality of life.
Addressing Stressors and Self Doubts
Many people with vestibular disorders experience a subtle erosion of self-esteem when they are told, "It's all in your head." Therapy for the corrosive self-doubt involves external validation of the disorder by physicians, therapists, family members, support groups, and organizations such as VeDA. When patients understand the nature of their disorder they can develop the internal pragmatism that will help them heal.
Chronic Illness & Vulnerability
One of the common aspects of having a debilitating illness or medical condition is a greatly increased sense of vulnerability. When there are things you cannot do for yourself, you are necessarily more dependent on others. This can have profound effects on your sense of identity, confidence, and self-worth. By acknowledging our vulnerability we can develop compassion and acceptance.