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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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The requirements for study participation were normal or corrected vision, not acrophobic, no balance problems, no medication use, no alcohol consumption in the last 24 hr, and age of 18 years or older.
A pilot study showed acrophobics -people terrified of heights -overcome their fear more quickly when given the drug.
The first manager of the Seattle Space Needle, Hoge Sullivan, was acrophobic (fear of heights).
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A subject was asked to rank a list of acrophobic situations according to the degree of anxiety arousal.
The meeting of two outsiders seems written with Beckett in mind: a somewhat acrophobic scaffold builder gets to know a dopily sweet "Golem" who has escaped from an asylum.
If one of the essential functions involves climbing a ladder and an employee has acrophobia, others in the crew could probably work it out so that they would climb the ladder in exchange for the acrophobic employee doing one of their essential functions, such as housekeeping or resupplying cartons or loading roles of strapping on the palletizing machine.
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But acrophobic Wayne Williams is to spend his 40th birthday on a 10,000ft parachute jump, despite never having done any extreme sport before.