Question by  Wells (23)

What is the name for the fear of heights and how do you treat it?


Answer by  JenniferJ (326)

Acrophobia is the name for the fear of heights. Treatment for acrophobia is often systematic desensitization, which can either be done as a graduated exposure to heights or a rapid exposure to heights. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be used as a method of treatment to help the person stop panic thoughts related to heights.


Answer by  Cathariel (35)

Acrophobia and its resulting vertigo can be treated by desensitization therapy, in which the subject is gradually exposed to heights or the feeling of heights to become more "comfortable" with heights. Other options include anti-anxiety medications and Cognitive Behavioral Training which teaches the subject to objectively evaluate their phobia.


Answer by  timeismoney (994)

Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Phobias can be treated through desensitization. The therapist helps you relax and then introduces thoughts of heights until you stay relaxed with those thoughts.


Answer by  KAS (393)

Acrophobia is the extreme fear of heights. A treatment for the condition is virtual reality that helps patients to learn how to control the physical symptoms.


Answer by  jheremans (1446)

Acrophobia is the term for the fear of heights. Treatment is usually psychological, you should seek a professional for this and they will simulate and expose you slowly to various heights until you feel comfy with it.


Answer by  Doomstoned (1454)

The fear of heights is commonly known as acrophobia and there are a number of treatment options available. Some success in treating this phobia has been found when hypnotherapy and relaxation techniques are employed. Another approach used is cognitive behavioral therapy in which the fear is treated as an unwanted thought and is eliminated as such.


Answer by  TallMike2004 (30)

Acrophobia is the fear. One way to treat this phobia is through exposure. Begin by looking at pictures of tall places or imagining such places. Then you might go near such a place or stand by such a place. The goal is to engage in behaviors that are safe, but also expose you to the fearful stimuli.


Answer by  ewam (403)

The official name for the fear of heights of acrophobia. And for most phobias, the only way to get over them is to simply face it. Go to a high place (but obviously safe), and look over the edge.


Answer by  pebblesqq (3)

Acrophobia is the name for fear of heights. It is often treated using exposure therapy in which a patient is exposed to his/her irrational fears a little at a time.

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