The fear of heights in some people passes on its own after some time. But when the years pass and fear, contrary to diminishing, continues to increase, it is necessary to act. Unfortunately, many of the current techniques to combat this type of phobia are ineffective. As you can guess, here we will talk about how to overcome acrophobia or fear of heights .

 

Definition of acrophobia

Acrophobia is a word derived from the Greek word ” acronite ” which means height. Anyone with an intense and persistent fear of heights can have acrophobia . It is characterized by an overwhelming amount of fear that begins with finding a great height. In fact, fear can occur even when the person is simply climbing a ladder with few steps.

The problem is that acrophobia is a natural fear , developed by a responsible safety protection mechanism. But normally it shouldn’t develop into panic. Phobia is a pathological and uncontrolled fear. However, it is not necessary to despair as many people managed to overcome acrophobia, even without the help of a therapist . Let’s see what can help you cope with this fear.

Get rid of the fear of death

  • Many modern psychotherapists claim that the basis of various phobias and pathological fears is the fear of death . Of course, this fear is difficult to overcome, which is why many people try not to think about it. When a person tries to push such thoughts away from himself, to ignore them or to muffle something else, his fears do not disappear, but begin to manifest in other ways. For example, the fear of heights . After all, terror is what can happen to you if you suddenly trip and fall. Therefore, getting rid of the fear of death can defeat many other phobias.
  • Some people were helped by faith in the afterlife. After all, many religions today teach that man is an eternal being. The belief in eternal life in heaven, in heaven, helps to cope with earthly fears. A person who studies the subject of life after death, little by little loses this fear. Modern science has not proven the absence of eternal life, so it is impossible to deny its existence by arguing.
  • If a person is a convinced atheist and cannot believe that his spirit is eternal, there is another way. You need to find a rational explanation for the fear, and try to minimize it, then explain to yourself why you are afraid. Can your health cause such fears? Therefore, you must take care of your recovery to get rid of them. Perhaps, in the past you were in dangerous situations, and thus you began to experience fear. Work out the psychotraumatic situations of the past and get the cure.
  • But there is another way you can convince yourself that you don’t need to be afraid. If the fear of what will not be soon takes away your calm today, then there is no point wasting your time now. Don’t waste your life sinking into painful thoughts about your future.

How to beat acrophobia

Usually when a person eradicates the main causes of acrophobia , as mentioned above, the fear ceases to be pathological. But, even in this state , panic attacks at the height could haunt for some time longer. So: how to beat acrophobia attacks?

Work on overcoming phobias is possible through psychotherapy, or independently. Typically, therapeutic methods do not provide medical treatment, although in some cases drugs can be very helpful.

There is an old and proven non-medicated method, quite useful to fight against different types of phobia. It’s about creating habits. When something becomes habitual, the response to the stimulus disappears or, if there is one, it is less intense.

How does this work in practice?

Consider the situation. A person who, due to acrophobia, was not able to get off the escalator of the subway. Every time he took the first step in a step, he broke out in a cold sweat and got really terrified. This was a problem that prevented him from having a normal life, so he decided to face it.

At first, he decided to take the elevator with someone and later tried using short escalators at the mall. A month later, he found that the fear of heights became less pronounced, the panic attacks disappeared. Since then, he has been able to walk fearlessly over high bridges, training his new strength more and more each day.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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