Panic/Anxiety/Fear and the inner ear

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   Posted 7/22/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

I've been working on the panic/agor issue on you tube in the agoraphobia and panic attacks videos. Anyone who writes me on you tube regarding this issue gets the "canned message" I will post below. What I've found there on you tube was that so many of the people on there with panic videos have links to money-making sites hawking one cure or another, all for financial gain. After having panic attacks myself and knowing how dreadfully damaging they can be to one's psyche, I couldn't imagine any previous sufferer making money off other sufferers. The thought makes me ill. I'm not here hawking anything except help. If what I post here doesn't help you, or if you disagree with it, just ignore it. My goal here is to help. I HAVE to. The attacks (even though they stopped over 16 years ago due to focusing on the cause and taking a med related to that cause) have driven me to do so.

I am not a doctor but I have studied the panic attack/anxiety connection to vestibular (inner-ear)disturbances for 16 years. First off, this was discovered by Harold N. Levinson and he wrote a book on it called "Phobia Free." For an explanation on how all this is connected, this is the best source. You can get it for cheap if you buy used on, or at most larger libraries. I have no financial interest in Levinson's work so get your hands on it any way you can if this interests you. The best way to show this connection between vestibular problems and panic/agor is to send you the links that show this connection is real. Before that however, I'd like to say that I had panic attacks, anxiety and borderline agoraphobia before I found the answer. Officially diagnosed by one of the leading anxiety specialists in the SF bay area (A Dr. Brower or Brauer in Palo Alto, Ca not sure which spelling). I was also diagnosed with an inner ear condition called "endolymphatic hydrops", also by one of the best, F. Owen Black, here in Portland, OR. This is not a coincidence. One reason I know that, is because my attacks were stopped cold by meclizine, a simple over the counter inner ear med. It strictly targets the vestibular system. Not one attack in 16 years and anxiety reduced 95%. Here are the links:

And below are medical studies again showing links between inner ear dysfunction and panic/agoraphobia and anxiety. Copy and paste these links into your browser. Also, make sure the "reader" on pubmed is set to read "abstract plus" by clicking on the dropdown box near the top left:
(although I disapprove of the SSRI recommendation at the end of the above abstract. They are not the best and first line of treatment in my opinion)
(60% with panic/agro in the above study had vestibular problems)
(71% in that study)
(and this study from levinson himself)
(and another by levinson showing a 94% correlation)

Please write back with any further questions.


Edit: One of your links was edited as it was connected to a site that was selling memberships for $35.00  and did not, in my opinion change the prupose of your post.  Thank you for understanding.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/22/2008 4:21:39 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/22/2008 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
great info and welcome to HW
I posted close to the same info a little while back
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   Posted 7/22/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Paul,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.

Interesting info and after 16 years you continue to advocate for the people that suffer from this disorder.  That is really good of you.

Please read the forum rules:

9. No posts of lengthy articles.  Sharing information is allowed, but the forums are not to be used to publish articles. It is an improper use of critical forum resources. 
I deleted one link that was connected to commercial products and sales but the rest I left.
If members would like further info on how to access links or articles perhaps you can email the info.
Again welcome.

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   Posted 7/22/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, Thanks for the replies. I feel the info important. You'd be surprised at how many on panic boards complain of symptoms that in the absence of full blown panic attacks would have them in an ENT's office instead of a psychiatrist. Tons of people who had "Tubes in their ears" during childhood. I'm not saying this applies to all, but I think it applies to more than most people think. I also think in some cases that the anxiety caused by an underlying vestibular problem actually masks the vestibular problem in such a way that many don't realize they have one. Sorry for the length. I was a little worried about that when I hit the submit button. Also, like I said in my post, the attacks I had are so permanently burned into my brain that I could never forget them and I will always have a great deal of empathy for anyone still suffering. Empathy isn't normally in my bag of tricks, I'm really more driven by cold hard logic. But the attacks changed all that when it comes to this subject.


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   Posted 7/23/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   

I am so glad you DO have EMPATHY for those that do suffer and have to fight this DD daily
I am truly sorry you had to go thru what you did to find the empathy .........

I am also happy you posted all that info as well....

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   Posted 10/23/2013 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Paul,
It's been a few years on the post you wrote but thank you for the interesting information.
I have a question regarding your information and I'm wondering if you can help me. I was planning on taking my son to Dr. Harold Levinson, he does a series
of testing on patients and then gives them motion sickness medicine and some vitamins to treat. Since he is the initial doctor that came up with the theory of
the inner ear causing phobias and learning disabilities I thought it would be good to go to him. Except his services are not in my network. I took a look at the list of other doctors and I saw the name of Dr. John King (Bloomsburg, PA).
I'm wondering do you know anything about him? Would he do the same type of treatment as Dr. Levinson and all of the testing. When I looked him up, he was listed as having aetna insurance but if he doesn't know as much as Dr. Levinson I don't want to go to him. If you have any information can you please let me know.
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