How often have found yourself in a situation that involves heights? Do you panic when your clients plan meetings on the higher floor in tall buildings? Does flying on airplanes feel that you will fall? Does simply looking up make you feel fear?
These might be signs of acrophobia, or in simpler terms, you are suffering from fear of heights.
While for many people fear of heights is a normal situation, for others it can be an extreme or irrational fear that can become a dreaded problem later. Acrophobia comes from a greek across, which means high.
People who have such a phobia, usually don’t enjoy roller coaster rides, standing on hills, driving over bridges and more. These situations can trigger the fear response and even the thought of them can interfere with the quality of life.
Acrophobia Vs. Vertigo:
Although vertigo is often described as a fear of heights, it’s more like a spinning sensation that occurs even when the person is not moving. These situations are often triggered by simply looking down from a height or by looking straight at some tall object or high place. People can suffer vertigo by doing any type of movement like standing up, walking or sitting down.
Symptoms Of Acrophobia:
Some of the most common symptoms of acrophobia are:
- Shaking when reaching or extending when at a height
- Feeling the need to crawl, kneel or descend when close to a height or a drop
- Feeling terrified or paralyzed
- Crying or yelling
- Dizziness or headaches when you are above the ground
Causes Of Acrophobia:
Someone whose balance systems and visual cues are in contradiction can experience the fear of heights. This usually happens, because these people often lack balance, which makes them think that they will fall.
A fear of heights often stems from the natural fears of falling and simply getting injured. Trauma that occurs from a fall from the height may also contribute to the development of acrophobia. Like any other phobia, its hyper-active and hyper-responsive to the normal fears.
Tips To Overcome The Fear Of Heights:
If you know that you will have to deal with heights, prepare yourself in advance. Don’t get into the situations that trigger fear and stress in you. Close your eyes and understand that you are not in any threat and you are completely safe. Ensure all safety measures like barriers, railings, harnesses and more, if you are going at some height. Also, pre-plan these things beforehand, because, at the time of panic, it is hard to think rationally.
Take Baby Steps:
Previously, a scientist uses “flooding technique” to treat phobias of all kinds. So, if someone is having a fear of water, they are thrown in the pool, so they will either drown down or will face the fear. However, today therapists recommend that people should confront their fears slowly when they feel comfortable. To deal with the situation, set small goals. If you want to see from a building, first reach to the balcony and then to the roof.
Don’t Panic And Breathe:
When in anxiety, people often forget to breathe, and that worsen the condition. So, don’t forget to breathe. Whether you are on the high elevator roof, or you are trying to deal with your bungee jumping fear, focus on proper breathing. Take deep breaths in and out to stay calm and relaxed. You can also try relaxing techniques like yoga, meditation and more.
Acrophobia can become worse if left untreated, so talk to your doctor or therapist about fear of heights hypnotherapy and tell them your condition.