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Is there any way to cure my fear of heights?

Is there any way to cure my fear of heights?

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. ...Read more

Fear (Definition)

I would define fear as an insecure feeling, a feeling of impending doom! This is a sort of defense mechanism we developed that help us to survive. Fear helps us from falling "off the cliffs, " as we know the consequences; and help us survive. Children unknowingly, fall off, as ...Read more


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How can I cure my fear of heights?

How can I cure my fear of heights?

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. ...Read more

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What do I do to cure my fear of heights?

What do I do to cure my fear of heights?

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. ...Read more

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What causes over a very bad fear of heights?

What causes over a very bad fear of heights?

Fear of heights: Cognitive behavioral therapy works great for this. You learn what self-talk in your head makes it easier, and how to calm your anxiety. Then you approach your fear in manageable baby steps, mastering each step before moving on to the next one. It can take a while, but this is very successful. Contact nacbt. Org to find a qualified therapist in your area. This is so treatable! ...Read more

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What to do if I have a fear of heights can I grow out of it?

What to do if I have a fear of heights can I grow out of it?

Not likely: There are many phobias which have age related components but they usually need a more active or specific approach than waiting. Most people hope they'll grow out of fears but that just becomes an avoidance stratagy. Seek a treatment by a professional if you want to get over this. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a fear of heights can I grow out of it?

What do you recommend if I have a fear of heights can I grow out of it?

Possibly but: An option that is more likely to be effective is cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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What would be a good way for me to decrease my acrophobia (fear of heights).?

Therapy: Finding a therapist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, in particular exposure response prevention therapy can help you overcome your phobia. In addition, medications that help with anxiety like ssris or benzodiazepines can also be helpful to compliment the therapy. ...Read more

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Is a fear of heights a very common phobie or fear? Shouldn't everybody should have fear of heights, for survival.

Fear of Heights: Acrophobia is a fear of heights, and there is a difference about a rational survival based fear of heights and a phobia which is defined as an irrational deep seated fear which can cause paralytic fear of heights in cases where there is no rational fear such as on a safe enclosure or inside a building, or even on a second floor of a house. ...Read more

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Could vertigo cause fear of heights?

Could vertigo cause fear of heights?

The two conditions: You mention can be linked. After your doc has ruled out any medial conditions, you can see a clinical psychologist who does exposure therapy for help. Make sure you find a well trained one, e.g., who is board certified or belongs to the Exposure and Ritual Prevention organization. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If acrophobia is fear of heights, what is vertigo?

If acrophobia is fear of heights, what is vertigo?

Spinning: A good way to think of it is that dizziness is when you feel as if you are spinning in a room.
Vertigo is when you feel as if the room is spinning around you. ...Read more

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How can I get over a fear of heights?

How can I get over a fear of heights?

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. ...Read more

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In what ways can you get over the fear of heights?

In what ways can you get over the fear of heights?

Exposure therapy: Find a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety ; phobias, especially helpful is exposure based therapy, where gradually, with the therapist's guidance, you intentionally ; repeatedly experience gradually greater heights, interspersed w/ relaxation practice. By doing this over ; over again, the experience of heights will no longer trigger the same (or at least as severe) reaction in you. ...Read more

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How can I overcome acrophobia - the fear of heights?

How can I overcome acrophobia - the fear of heights?

Behavior Therapy: Desensitization or exposure therapy focuses on changing your response to the object or situation that you fear, and may be helpful for specific phobias. Gradual, repeated exposure to the cause of your phobia may help you learn to conquer your anxiety. For example, if you're afraid of heights, therapy may start with imagining it, to looking at pictures, to climbing a ladder, to climbing a mountain. ...Read more

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How do I get over my agrophobia and fear of heights?

For agoraphobia &: 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. ...Read more

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Vertigo - loss of balance (not fear of heights). Are there any fixes?

Vertigo - loss of balance (not fear of heights). Are there any fixes?

Vertigo not a balance problem: Vertigo may cause problems with the balance, but vertigo is not defined as a balance problem. Vertigo is defined as the sensation of motion where there is no motion. If you are having true vertigo then you need to consult with an ear nose and throat doctor for an evaluation and discussion of treatment options. If your problem is just balance then a neurologist may be your best starting point. ...Read more

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Will rock climbing get rid of my fear of heights?

Exposure therapy can: Be beneficial as can cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Is acrophobia a fear of high ledges?

Is acrophobia a fear of high ledges?

Acrophobia: It is a fear of heights, high ledges would qualify, often caused by an actual experience or a product of anxiety being mis-directed to heights but actually being caused by something else or overall sense of fear in the world. Best. ...Read more

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How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

How to overcome acrophobia (fear of height)?

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. ...Read more

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I have acrophobia, but my sister doesn't. Why is that?

I have acrophobia, but my sister doesn't. Why is that?

You aren't the same: People vary, even within families. You sister may have some issues you don't, also. If you want help with your acrophobia, please see a psychotherapist -- good treatments are available for phobias. First step is a good evaluation, though. ...Read more

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How can I get over my acrophobia?

In vivo exposure: In a real setting or computer simulated situations in a controlled clinical environment would help. ...Read more

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How should I overcome my acrophobia?

How should I overcome my acrophobia?

Agree w Dr. Ali: Consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could overcome acrophobia?

Can you tell me how I could overcome acrophobia?

Phobia therapy: Many psychotherapists have successful techniques to help you deal with phobias. You can talk to a few and decide which feels best for you. Best wishes! ...Read more

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A very good friend of mine suffers bad acrophobia. Should I go out to visit instead?

Sure why not?: A person suffers from acrophobia can use emotional support from others such as family members and good friends, which often leads to more compliance in treatement and better prognosis. ...Read more

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No acrophobia, but have noticed when up high (balcony, theater mezzanine, etc.) I sometimes feel like I'm going to tip over or lose balance. Why?

No acrophobia, but have noticed when up high (balcony, theater mezzanine, etc.) I sometimes feel like I'm going to tip over or lose balance. Why?

Fear of heights: Possible causes include past trauma or an inherited fear such as some folks have to spiders, snakes, etc. These reactions were meant to keep us safe but we don't need them as much today. If this interferes w/your functioning or comfort level a clinical psychologist can help desensitize you to the triggers. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is acrophobia?

What is acrophobia?

Phobia: "acrophobia" is an extreme or irrational fear of heights, which is not to be confused with agoraphobia, which is the fear of public places and is associated with panic disorder. . . Which is not to be confused with "angoraphobia, " which is a pretend fear of fluffy rabbits or sweaters! ...Read more

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How do I deal with acrophobia?

How do I deal with acrophobia?

Get treated: You could see a therapist for treatment -- cognitive behavioral therapy with gradual desensitization is the usual approach for a phobia like this. Some research is also being done with d-cycloserine in such disorders, but the results are equivocal. A psychiatrist could prescribe other medications if needed. ...Read more

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How do people deal with acrophobia?

How do people deal with acrophobia?

CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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How do I tell my online bf I have acrophobia?

See below: Is there any reason to tell your online bf you have acrophobia? The question to ask yourself: how telling or not telling will/might affect your relationship at this point? Is it important for him to know or it's more important for you to tell? The choice is definitely yours... ...Read more

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I have acrophobia and its getting out of hand. Is there any treatment for this?

I have acrophobia and its getting out of hand. Is there any treatment for this?

Yes: There are treatments for acrophobia. I'd suggest that you see a therapist that is well trained in behavioral interventions. The general idea is to first imagine you're at a height, then progressively and gradually expose yourself to an experience of being at a height, like moving towards a window, looking out of a window, riding in a glass enclosed elevator, etc. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Phobia leads someone to believe that among our ancestors, those who feared animals, darkeness, and heights would likely live long enough to reproduce?

Irrational fear: A phobia is an irrational fear--we know what we fear is probably not dangerous. Behavioral psychologists view them as learned and treatment is to desensitize or unlearn them. An atavistic trait is something we inherit that can keep us from danger but is not necessary in today's world. This could be a fear of bugs, snakes, heights, etc. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Why am I so scared of heights? How can I get over this irrational fear?

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. ...Read more

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Could you recommend a hypnotist to help me to overcome my fear of flying and heights?

You have options: Hyponosis is one approach, but today's methods of dealing with phobias by talk and progressive exposure may work as well or better without the mystique. Here's a video of how a phobia is handled using cognitive-behavioral therapy http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=3Y8VKs3__cA ...Read more

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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?

See psychatrist: See psychiatrist, there may be a number of medications and/or strategies that can be applied to help you. ...Read more

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How can I overcome my fear of flying? My fear is I will have a panic attack on the plane bc im afraid of heights and I won't be able to get off.

For phobias: 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 sometimes indicated as well. ...Read more

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How can I get over my fear of medicine?

Fear of Medicine: Consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs that when taken induce fear?

Are there any drugs that when taken induce fear?

Yes: That many of the illegal stimulants do this is well known, and "anxiety" is listed as a side-effect for a huge number of common prescription rx's. Sherlock holmes's "devil's foot" is fiction, but many people can suffer from unpredictable side effects of medicines. ...Read more

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Can special medicines decrease the alarming symptoms of the fear of flying?

Yes: Benzodiazepines, such as xanax, are quick acting medications that produce a mild sedative effect. They can be taken one to two hours before a flight to reduce anxiety symptoms. These medications need a physician prescription. Beta blockers are another class of medications used to treat phobias. They are used on a short term basis to reduce physical symptoms of anxiety (sweating and trembling). ...Read more

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How can I calm my fear stressors when I am being harrassed by drug dealers at home and how can I readjust when I'm not in danger?

What do you mean by: "harassed by Deug dealers"? Dod you use recreational drug? How do they know where you live? I think you can call the police to help with harassment. This is not arrival question more of a legal and harassment question. So please ask appropriate party. Talk to your neighbor, friends, family. ...Read more

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Fear Of Heights (Definition)

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