Fear of Heights
Acrophobia, also known as the fear of heights, can be a highly debilitating condition for some people as it interferes with their daily lives. With over 58% of the population in the UK suffering from acrophobia, the fear of heights actually ranks as the top fear in the country. So, it’s essential for you to know that you are not alone, and that there are quite a few treatments available that can help you manage your fear and move on with your daily life.
The causes of acrophobia
As is the case with most fears, scientists are unsure why acrophobia occurs in people. In some cases, the development of acrophobia can be linked with traumatic events in the pasts, however, in other cases, people are simply afraid of heights without having faced a negative stimulus related to the same. In the case of the former, the following events can lead to the development of acrophobia:
- Having fallen from a high place in the past
- Having watched someone experience a fall from a height
- Having had an anxiety attack or panic attack in the past while being at a high place
Scientists also believe that one’s genetic predisposition also plays a role in terms of developing certain fears. For instance, if there are people in your family that suffer from acrophobia, there are chances that you’d also suffer from the same.
Why You Need to Overcome Your Fear of Heights Now
The common symptoms of acrophobia
There’s a huge difference between being terrified of heights, and simply feeling a little uncomfortable or dizzy when standing on a rooftop! There are certain physical and psychological symptoms that doctors associate with this fear, which means that if you experience any of the following, it means that you suffer from acrophobia:
- Severe panic or anxiety is a huge indicator of suffering from this fear. If the mere thought of climbing something, going on a trek, or even heading up to a roof fills you absolute panic, then you could have acrophobia.
- A seemingly senseless fear of being trapped at a location very high up can indicate the fear of heights.
- Being terrified of driving on an overpass or bridge, feeling anxious while climbing stairs and feeling dizzy when looking out of a window can also mean that you have acrophobia.
- Experiencing anxiety about being at high altitudes in the future.
Acrophobia can also be diagnosed based on a few physical symptoms like:
- A rapid increase in heartrate when you think of encountering heights. This can include other symptoms like sweating and chest pains.
- Feeling dizzy either when you look down from a height, or look up at a tall building.
- Ensuring that you avoid heights altogether, even if that means going out of your way.
- Trembling or shaking when encountering heights.
- Feeling lightheaded or sick when you think about heights.
How does acrophobia affect your daily life?
People who suffer greatly from acrophobia find themselves making sacrifices to accommodate their fears. As a result, the fear of heights does play a large role in the way you live your life. The following are a few ways that acrophobia can have adverse effects on your daily life:
- Many people who have an overwhelming fear of heights find themselves avoiding travel. This is because the thought of being in a plane at a high altitude fills them with anxiety and dread. For those less inclined towards travelling, this may not seem like a huge problem. However, people who want to explore new countries and cultures find themselves only able to do so through second-hand experiences like watching television shows. On a more practical note, if you have family that lives in different parts of the country, visiting them on short notice, such as during a health scare, may not be possible for you if you often avoid planes.
- Acrophobia can impact your choices when it comes to living spaces. You’d find yourself less likely to pick that beautiful apartment on the second or third floor, and may resort to low-rise housing. While this may not spell trouble for you, it does mean that you’ll also be less likely to visit friends and family that live in high-rise buildings, severely cutting down your social life.
- The idea of driving over a bridge or flyover may also be immensely terrifying for you. For people with a work commute that involves such roads, this can be disastrous, especially if there are no other routes available to reach your office. Additionally, having a panic attack while driving can increase your chances of being in a car crash by a significant margin, putting you at-risk, along with others on the road.
If you think that the fear of heights isn’t something that warrants treatment or management, then think again because it certainly has major adverse effects on your life.
What Hypnotherapy Can Do For You
If you really want to give up your fear of heights once and for all, hypnotherapy, combined with modern Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, can help you manage your fear to a great extent. Our professionals can help you identify the root causes behind your fear and face it with effortless confidence. Through our sessions, you can learn not only to control your panic in situations where you’re encountering heights, but also willingly embrace such situations in your life so that you don’t miss out on great experiences, such as heading to a rooftop restaurant for an amazing dinner. Can you imagine it?
Hypnotherapy rewires your brain to stop thinking of heights as a major threat to your survival. As a result, this diminishes the mental and physical responses of your body, making you feel less afraid of the situation that you are in.