Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of phobia of height is a little different.
Why? Because the core of the problem – the patterns of thinking, the images, movies, sounds and dialog that are internally associated with heights – are different in each person.
But while the ‘internal representations’ as they are called are different from person to person there are a number of symptoms which are common to many acrophobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to heights
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid heights
- The inability to function normally because of your anxiety
- Often, the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable or exaggerated but feeling powerless to control them
Acrophobic symptoms can be mental, emotional and physical. The anxiety and fear can go from mild feelings of apprehension to a full-blown panic attack.
Typically, the closer you are to what you’re afraid of, the greater your fear will be. You can test the severity of your problem with this 2-minute online phobia of height test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about heights and not the actual heights almost all people with phobia of height can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind.
> For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Phobia of Height.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of heights
- Feelings of unreality or of being detached from yourself
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of fainting
- Anticipatory Anxiety: Persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve heights
- Terror: A persistent and overwhelming fear of the same
- Desire to Flee: An intense instinct to leave the situation (which is tough when its purely in the mind)
While not generally experienced at the same time as phobia of height episode, we find that overall when they think about their past, most clients have elevated levels of one or more of:
- Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt & Guilt
- Dizziness, shaking, palpitations.
- Shortness of breath or smothering sensation
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling of choking
- Nausea or stomach distress
- Feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
Or learn more about Phobia of Height:
DefinitionPHOBIA OF HEIGHT: (acrophobia, altophobia, and fear of heights)
1: phobia of height: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of heights, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: phobia of height: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to heights.
OTHER NAMES FOR THISActually, the phobia name for Phobia of Height is called acrophobia. Different people call it by different names of course:
– Fear Of Heights
– Heights Fear
– Phobia Of Heights
– Heights Phobia
– Fear Of High Levels
– Fear Of High Level
– Fear Of Height
– Fear Of High
– Phobia Of High Levels
– Phobia Of High Level
– Phobia Of Height
– Phobia Of High
– High Levels Fear
– High Level Fear
– Height Fear
– High Fear
– High Levels Phobia
– High Level Phobia
– Height Phobia
– High Phobia