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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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I can recall watching a comedy routine a few years back in which the comedian was addressing the irrationality of Acrophobia.
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