Welcome to the Balance Disorder Spectrum

1 in 3 people under the age of 65 suffer from balance disorders.

Most people who feel giddy, dizzy, light-headed, vertiginous, floating, woozy, off-balance, faint or fuzzy, have some kind of balance disorder.

But balance disorders are notoriously difficult to diagnose accurately. Medical science is continuously updating and revising its understanding of these often distressing or even debilitating conditions.

The many different symptoms and causes of balance disorders mean that there have been few attempts to show what they have in common, until now.

The aim of the Balance Disorder Spectrum is firstly to show that there is a whole range of balance disorders, many of which have similar and overlapping symptoms regardless of cause.

A second aim is to provide people with additional information about specific known and named balance disorders. But not all balance disorders have names yet!

The spectrum organises the disorders by symptoms and location in the body. But viewing the additional information reveals a more complicated picture. For example: Anxiety is classified under 'Other', but it is also present in most disorders to some extent.

So, just like a rainbow, the spectrum is blurry. The quickest way to understand it is simply to interact with it. Click or tap the name of a disorder to reveal more information: