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acrophobia

 [ak″ro-fo´be-ah]
irrational fear of heights.

ac·ro·pho·bi·a

(ak-rō-fō'bē-ă), Do not confuse this word with acarophobia.
Morbid fear of heights.
[acro- + G. phobos, fear]

acrophobia

/ac·ro·pho·bia/ (ak″ro-fo´be-ah) irrational fear of heights.

acrophobia

(ăk′rə-fō′bē-ə)
n.
An abnormal fear of high places.

ac′ro·phobe′ n.
ac′ro·pho′bic (-fō′bĭk) adj. & n.

acrophobia

Etymology: Gk, akron + phobos, fear
a pathological fear or dread of high places that results in extreme anxiety. Pyschotherapy attempts to overcome or eliminate the phobic response. See also obsession, phobia, flooding.

acrophobia

Morbid fear of heights.

acrophobia

Psychology An abnormal or morbid fear of heights. See Phobia.

ac·ro·pho·bi·a

(ak'rŏ-fō'bē-ă)
Morbid fear of heights.
[acro- + G. phobos, fear]

Patient discussion about acrophobia

Q. i suffer from fear of heights ... is there any sociological way to treat it and make it less effective?

A. Fear of heights is a very common specific phobia, in psychiatric terms. Nowadays the best way of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),in which a person learns how to deal with the phobia through cognitive thinking in steps. It is a very recommended method in psychology/ psychiatry these days.

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ROTHBAUM, BO; HODGES, LF; KOOPER, R; OPDYKE, D; WILLIFORD, JS & NORTH, M 1995: Effectiveness of computer-generated (virtual reality) graded exposure in the treatment of acrophobia.
Common phobias include Acrophobia - a fear of heights, Claustrophobia - a fear of enclosed spaces, and Arachnophobia - the fear of spiders.
While he laughs when asked why he climbed up the mountain, rather than simply walk around it, Waterston confessed the experience on "Capricorn One" set instilled in him a bad case of acrophobia.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of patients undergoing virtual reality exposure for the treatment of fear of heights, exposure therapy combined with DCS resulted in significantly larger reductions of acrophobia symptoms on all main outcome measures (Arch.
Russell Jackson, a cognitive psychologist at California State University in San Marcos who led one of the studies, says that the new finding runs counter to traditional theories of acrophobia.
Treatment of acrophobia in virtual reality: The role of immersion and presence.
This attraction is spectacular, but should be explored advisedly if you suffer from acrophobia.
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And with my acrophobia (hatred of heights), that is something to fear.
But Alex suffers from acrophobia - and was terrified when firefighters arrived at their window with a turntable ladder.
The main phobias associated with this job are Acrophobia (fear of heights) and Astraphobia (fear of thunder and lightning).
D-cycloserine, an agonist at the glutamatergic N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, had been shown to improve the effectiveness of exposure therapy of acrophobia in an earlier pilot study (Arch.