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Anxiety happens with balance problem

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BALWANX reports whether the person experienced anxiety around the same time as the dizziness problem. Please see the Universe tab for information on how the universe changes over time.

This variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


In 2008, this variable corresponds to whether the action triggers the most bothersome dizziness symptom (BALSBOTHER). In 2016, the question refers more generally to whether the action usually triggers dizziness or balance problem(s); otherwise this variable is largely comparable over time.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem and do not almost always have unsteadiness.
  • 2016: Sample adults 18+ who had a dizziness or balance problem in the past 12 months or who identified a most bothersome dizziness or balance symptom or did not know or refused to identify their most bothersome dizziness or balance symptom.


  • 2008, 2016