acrophobia


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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

(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

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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High stands may strain your acrophobia limits, but they do provide positive results.
Specific phobias include fear of animals, heights (acrophobia), air travel (pterygophobia), water, confined spaces (claustrophobia), bridges or other things.
[T]he private sector will be swamped with mental disability litigation." (79) According to Armstrong, private employers had better "prepare [them]selves for lawsuits based on the following types of mental conditions": compulsive gambling, (80) acrophobia (fear of heights) and other phobias; depressive neurosis (81); paranoid schizophrenia; manic depression; borderline personality disorder; "sexual disorders: transvestism and transexualism"; schizoid personality disorder; stress disorders; and a catchall "miscellaneous mental disorders." (82)
I wrote a paper on improving English curriculum design on a midnight flight to Chicago, buzzed on Valium, scotch, and acrophobia. Reading this book is sort of like watching an indie movie take on the academic cheating industry.
An augmented paper reality system for the treatment of acrophobia: The sense of presence using immersive photography.
The extended vox populi shares many an interesting insights including the implication that all families and children suffer from acrophobia and general bouts of vertigo and should not then consider living in Burj Khalifa.
A doctor diagnosed Miller with acrophobia and deemed him unfit to perform his duties, and an IDOT administrator told Miller to request nonoccupational disability status.
They are asking normal research subjects, who are not seeking treatment for claustrophobia or acrophobia (the fear of heights), to estimate various distances.
Fear of high places, or acrophobia, is one of the most common phobias.
And if you're willing to board a plane and fly to a conference where you'll deliver a presentation, then you're likely immune to acrophobia, acrophobia and glossophobia--the fear of public speaking.
Self-directed desensitization for acrophobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 11, 79-89.