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how can i get over a fear of heights?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
One possibility is: To see a clinical psychologist who specializes in phobia. There is a treatment called "systematic desensitization." some fears like this are old traits in humanity that keep us safe. Some folks get them and some don't, e.g., fear of spiders, snakes. Etc.
Answered on Oct 1, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
For fear of heights: consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are some times indicated as well.
Answered on Oct 31, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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That is a great option.
Oct 1, 2014
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
Some time in the future you may have access to virtual reality based therapy tools.
Oct 1, 2014

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