What is vertigo?

VERTIGO: ver`-ti-go a feeling of dizzyness… a swimming in the head… figuratively a state in which all things seem to be engulfed in a whirlpool of terror.

The central metaphor of Vertigo was graphically rendered in Henry Bumstead’s expressionistic set for the bell tower. Seventy feet high, the set gave Hitchcock’s stars a real feeling of vertigo.

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Vertigo is the sensation that you or the environment around you is moving or spinning. It is commonly caused by a problem with the balance mechanisms within the inner ear.

If you have vertigo, you may experience the sensation of movement even when you are standing completely still.

Vertigo is not a fear of heights!!!!

Vertigo is often confused with a fear of heights. However, the dizzy feeling that is often experienced when looking down from a high place is not the same as vertigo, which can occur at any time and may last for many months or even years.

Mild vertigo is very common, and the symptoms are not usually serious. However, vertigo that reoccurs or persists may be caused by an underlying health condition, such as Ménière’s disease (a rare disorder that affects the inner ear).

Vertigo (from the Latin vertigin-, vertigo, “dizziness,” originally “a whirling or spinning movement) is a specific type of dizziness dizziness, a major symptom of a balance disorder. It is the sensation of spinning or swaying while the body is actually stationary with respect to the surroundings.

The effects of vertigo may be slight. It can cause nausea and vomiting and, in severe cases, it may give rise to difficulties with standing and walking.

Vertigo is qualified as height vertigo when referring to dizziness triggered by heights. “Vertigo” is often used, incorrectly, to describe the fear of heights, but the correct term for this is acrophobia.

Vertigo, or dizziness, refers to the sensation of spinning (subjective vertigo) or the perception that surrounding objects are moving or spinning (objective vertigo). Some patients describe a feeling of being pulled toward the floor or toward one side of the room. Moving the head, changing position, and turning while lying down often worsen vertigo.

Vertigo is typically classified into one of two categories depending on the location of the damaged vestibular pathway. These are peripheral or central vertigo. Each category has a distinct set of characteristics and associated findings.


Vertigo can also occur after long flights or boat journeys where the mind gets used to turbulence, resulting in a person’s feeling as if he or she is moving up and down. This usually subsides after a few days. Another source of vertigo is through exposure to high levels of sound pressure, rattling the inner ear and causing a loss of balance.

Questions arise:

1. Who was Henry Bumstead?

2. What is the connection between Vertigo and expressionism?




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