Anxiety attacks. When you are suffering from a condition that causes vertigo, it may be advisable to avoid situations that cause you anxiety. This is because when you are panicked, you tend to hyperventilate, and hyperventilation can very easily bring on effects that are very similar to vertigo, and which will certainly include nausea and a feeling of light-headedness. Oddly enough, sufferers from vertigo tend to suffer from anxiety attacks and also tend to panic easily. The usual anxiety attack might last about half an hour and can be quite traumatizing to one actually experiencing it. The experience has been likened to that of a stroke. When people suffer from anxiety attacks, they tend to reduce interaction with their peers as much as possible, and this can cause them to become quite isolated.