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why am i so scared of heights? how can i get over this irrational fear?

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Dr. Alison Segal
General Practice 19 years experience
Phobia: A phobia is an irrational or excessive fear of something (heights) that causes significant distress and interferes with a persons ability to function. Many reasons may be linked to your fear, but figuring out the why is less inportant than confronting it head on. The best way to do this is with a licensed professional who can guide you thru the process of systematic desensitization.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Your options: As a skydiver, I've seen people confront this fear head-on by making a parachute jump (with supervision, of course). Nothing succeeds like proving to yourself that you can be brave by acting brave. Just my experience. Best wishes.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

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I'm 28 and terrified of heights, like looking down a tall building or cliff. I really want to get over this fear for good. Please help?

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Dr. Paul Diamond
Family Medicine 45 years experience
See psychatrist: See psychiatrist, there may be a number of medications and/or strategies that can be applied to help you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I am suddenly afraid of heights, what can I do to get over this fear?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Acrophobia: Fear of heights, if severe enough to interfere with your life style is best treated by a psychologist or a psychiatrist who may use psychtherapy and/or medication to control the symptom.

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