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Behavioural Neurology - Volume 2014 2014, Article ID 847054, 9 pages -

Research Article

University Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry “St. Naum”, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria

Laboratoire de Physiologie de la Perception et de l’Action, CNRS and Collège de France, 75231 Paris, France

Received 23 January 2013; Accepted 17 September 2013; Published 28 January 2014

Academic Editor: Stefano F. Cappa

Copyright © 2014 Ognyan I. Kolev et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. Depersonalization and derealization are common symptoms reported in the general population. Objective. The aim of the present study was to establish the relationship between anxiety and depersonalization and derealization symptoms in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. Methods. Twenty-four vestibular patients with anxiety and 18 vestibular patients without anxiety were examined for depersonalization and derealization symptoms. They were also compared to healthy controls. Results. The results revealed that anxiety consistently changes depersonalization and derealization symptoms in vestibular patients. They are more frequent, more severe, and qualitatively different in vestibular patients with anxiety than in those without anxiety. Conclusion. Anxiety has an effect on depersonalization and derealization symptoms in vestibular patients. The various hypotheses about the underlying mechanism of this effect were discussed.





Author: Ognyan I. Kolev, Spaska O. Georgieva-Zhostova, and Alain Berthoz

Source: https://www.hindawi.com/



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