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A 18-year-old female asked:

what do i do to cure my fear of heights?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Phobias: Fears, such as a fear of heights (acrophobia), can be helped or "cured" by a procedure called "systematic desensitization." essentially, one learns a deep relaxation technique and, while relaxing, gets exposure to aspects of the phobia. The coupling of deep relaxation with gradual exposure to graded aspects of the phobia eliminates the fear.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Phobia: Cognitive behavior therapy helps. Can learn several techniques to alleviate fears such as desensitization, imagery, thought stopping, response prevention, flooding, etc. Wish u well.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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.
Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Therapy: Therapy and counseling. For specific phobias, exposure therapy can work well. This involves gradually exposing the patient to that which they fear and increasing the level of exposure to desensitize them. It takes courage but can be quite effective.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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.

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