Acrophobia is an intense fear of heights, one that grips its victims with both severe physical symptoms and powerful psychological symptoms. Unlike specific phobias like pteromerhanophobia (fear of flying), acrophobia is a nonspecific fear of heights. This means that some people living with the phobia are terrified of mountaintops while others exhibit symptoms of the phobia when they look out a second-story window.
No matter how your fear of heights manifests, mental health treatment can help. Learning how to cope with the symptoms of your fear can give you a control you’ve never had. It starts with a single phone call. Contact us today to find out more about how you can overcome your acrophobia. Counselors are standing by to take your call.
Why Is Acrophobia Treatment Necessary?
When you are scared of heights, you avoid a great many wonderful experiences in order to avoid panic and anxiety. How many trips or picturesque views will you miss? How many times will you turn around rather than cross a bridge? Treatment improves your quality of life and helps you regain control over your senses.
Disorders and Phobias Related to Acrophobia
Because acrophobia is a non-specific fear, there are a number of different types and related conditions. Does one of these sound like something you’re experiencing?
- Pteromerhanophobia. The fear of flying, also known as aerophobia, is a specific phobia and also related to but not interchangeable with acrophobia. Those with this phobia will only be affected when they contemplate boarding an airplane or are actively in the air. In some cases, people suffer from pteromerhanophobia in addition to acrophobia.
- Bathmophobia. The fear of slopes or stairs is separate from acrophobia but can be a co-occurring phobia as well. Just viewing a steep hill can be too much – even if you don’t have to climb it.
- Climacophobia. This is the fear of climbing a hill or steep stairs – not just viewing it or standing on top of it. If you don’t have to climb the stairs, you experience no phobic symptoms but when you have to get to the top, it’s a problem. This too can occur in addition to acrophobia.
Causes of Acrophobia
There is no known cause for acrophobia – or any other phobia, for that matter. There are, however, a number of theories. Some believe it may be related to a traumatic experience that occurred in childhood related to heights. Others believe that it could be triggered by simply witnessing something frightening related to heights – for example, on television – at a young age. Still others believe it may be a primal protective response. No matter the cause, one thing is clear: treatment can help.
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Signs of Acrophobia
If you are acrophobic, when faced with heights you may:
- Drop to your knees or lower yourself to the ground
- Reach for something to hold onto
- Start hyperventilating
- Feel unable to balance while standing
- Find it difficult to think or speak coherently