Vertigo? Keep It Steady | Carson Tahoe Health

Vertigo is the feeling that you or the world around you is spinning. It’s most commonly caused by problems in the ears. However, it may be more than just a physical condition. For some, vertigo can also be connected to mental health. 

“Treatment for vertigo typically includes medication, diet changes, or specialized head movements called the Epley maneuver,” says Philip Schlager, MD, Otolaryngologist with Carson Tahoe Health. “Many patients also benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy or mindfulness techniques to address the emotional effects of the condition.” 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of talk therapy that teaches skills to manage stress and deal with life challenges, such as living with vertigo. 

Mindfulness is being aware of your feelings, physical sensations, and surroundings in the moment and may include breathing exercises or meditation. 

For people with vertigo, CBT and mindfulness can lead to: 

  • Better sleep 
  • Higher self-confidence 
  • Increased feelings of calmness 
  • Improved ability to bounce back from severe symptoms 

Anxiety, depression, and stress are risk factors for vertigo. Frequent episodes can spur new worries about when vertigo will strike or how it might interfere with life. 

To get help with symptoms of vertigo, connect with a provider at