Fear Of Heights
Psychiatry identifies three different categories of phobia:
Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces. It is also a fear of
having a panic attack in a public place, of losing control in an
area from which escape may prove difficult or embarrassing.
Social Phobia is an irrational anxiety brought forth by exposure
to certain social situations, leading to avoidance behaviour.
Specific Phobia is a persistent and irrational fear in response
to some specific stimulus, which commonly results in avoidance
of/withdrawal from that stimulus. It could be triggered by an
insect or animal (zoophobia), by a situation like being trapped
in an enclosed space (claustrophobia) or it could be a fear of
Fear of heights is one of the most widespread of fears. In some
situations a fear of heights is quite appropriate and a matter
of common sense. According to psychologists, there are only two
natural fears - fear of loud noises and fear of heights.
However, a morbid fear of high places, which is the definition
of acrophobia, can be very bad for you. If you found yourself in
a "high" situation, it would be much better for you to have your
wits about you. Feeling an intense fear while inside a safe
environment such as a skyscraper is not an appropriate response.
As with many fears, acrophobia often goes hand in hand with
other phobias, a fear of flying in particular. As it is a fairly
common phobia, many sufferers choose to live with it rather than
try to get help, accommodating their lifestyle to the
limitations. This can prove crippling to many aspects of life
from holidays to accommodation, even limiting your possible
The best methods for curing acrophobia involve gradual
desensitisation, slowly exposing the sufferer to ever-greater
heights while teaching them relaxation techniques that will
enable them to maintain their presence of mind. Some of the
methods that work best are NLP and timeline therapy.