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Doctor insights on: Tests For Acrophobia

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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 tell my online bf I have acrophobia?

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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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 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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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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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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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