Acrophobia: fear of heights
Acrophobia is a persistent and extreme or irrational morbid fear of heights. Depending on the phobia’s severity, an acrophobic person may equally fear being on a high floor of a building, climbing a ladder and any other activity that involves being at height. This is one of the most common phobias which cause an intense, irrational fear of objects or situations.
Acrophobia can be dangerous, as in situations where the person has a panic attack in a high place and becomes too agitated to get themselves down safely. Some acrophobics also suffer from urges to throw themselves off high places, despite not being suicidal.
Like all phobias, researchers have theorized acrophobia to be the result of traumatic experiences. In other instances, acrophobia has been linked to fear of loud noises, fear of the poor structural integrity of buildings and instinct rooted in poor balance.
Symptoms of Acrophobia:
Symptoms of Acrophobia depends on the severity of the condition, some acrophobic feels panic being on high places, but for some simply climbing a ladder is enough to induce nervousness to them. Here are the list of symptoms related to Acrophobia:
v Shortness of breathing
v Rapid breathing or Tachypnea
v Excessive sweating
v Trembling and shaking
v Unable to think and speak clearly
v Severe panic
v Feeling terrified and paralyzed
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