name, height, vertigo, how to overcome it?

Fear of heights (or acrophobia) is characterized by a panic fear of being at heights, facing heights, driving in mountains, etc. Fortunately, there are solutions to overcome it.

What is the scientific name for height phobia?

O phobia vacuum has a scientific nameacrophobia. The term comes from Greek: ἄκρον / ákron, meaning “peak, summit, height”, and φόβος / phóbos, “fear”)

What is the definition of fear of heights?

Acrophobia refers to a specific phobia characterized by a panic fear of heights and heights, without a rational connection with the present danger. In other words, a person who has a phobia of heights may panic and lose their composure when they find themselves at a height or in front of a void. This can also occur by car, when driving along mountain roads, for example, on the side of a cliff. It is a fear of anticipation: we see ourselves falling and, by extension, dying.

What’s the difference with vertigo?

The fear of emptiness not to be confused with vertigo which is due to dysfunction of the vestibular system or even neurological or brain damage.

What are the typical symptoms of fear of heights?

Like any phobia, acrophobia can trigger different reactions:

  • an acceleration of heartbeat,
  • severe anxiety,
  • excessive sweating,
  • nausea,
  • digestive disorders,
  • a panic attack,
  • avoid situations,
  • a feeling of being drawn to emptiness,
  • The loss of balance,
  • feelings of dizziness
  • palpitations…

What is the spiritual meaning of a phobia of heights?

“The meaning of height phobia is not clearly defined and, furthermore, it is not necessarily useful in supporting the patient in recovery“, explains the psychologist.

What are the possible causes?

Acrophobia can have different causes. Most of the time it is due to the parental model in the face of danger : if we receive permanent warnings like “Don’t come any closer, you risk fallingr”, “be careful, it’s dangerous!” for example. Fear of heights can also echo trauma experienced or observed in others. It may also be linked to a inner ear dysfunctionwhat causes dizziness and which activates an anticipated fear of falling.

What are the solutions to overcome the fear of heights?

As with any phobia (crowds, holes, clowns, etc.), the main therapeutic tool in cases of acrophobia is cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) with exposure protocol. It can be combined with other relaxation techniques (mindfulness meditation, virtual reality, etc.)I’hypnosis It is also a tool that can be very useful. It allows the patient to dissociate themselves from their phobia, thus being able to regain flexibility and flexibility in their daily lives. Finally, the rhythm and theEMDRTrauma management tools may also be used depending on the origin of the phobia“, adds the psychologist.

Thanks to Carine Grzesiak, psychologist.

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