Fear of Heights

Natural treatments and tips for overcoming your fear of heights and elevation phobias.

    natural treatments for overcoming fear of heights & elevation phobias

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    1. What is Fear of Heights?
    2. What Causes Fear of Heights?
    3. Diagnosing Fear of Heights
    4. Help for Fear of Heights
    5. More Information on Fear of Heights

    What is Fear of Heights?

    The fear of heights also referred to as acrophobia or altophobia is one of the most common phobias and is an extremely distressing condition. This irrational, persistent fear of heights may occur when you have to climb a flight of stairs, use the escalator at a shopping center, drive near a cliff, stand on a ladder or enter a tall building.

    Symptoms that may accompany this fear include panic attacks, shortness of breath, sweating and an irregular heartbeat. It can have a serious impact on your quality of life preventing you from personal and professional advancement. For this reason, you should face your fears and the live the life you were meant to have!

    What Causes Fear of Heights?

    The fear of heights may be caused an event in your past that you associate heights with some kind of emotional trauma. (link to emotional pain) It may also be as a result of a generalized fear of falling that brings about injury or death – this may be triggered by watching a scene on television of heights, a movie or observing someone else experience a traumatic event.

    Because the unconscious mind is so powerful, it has the ability to make negative associations that involves attaching awful feelings to heights – this is how acrophobia can materialize in the mind.

    Diagnosing Fear of Heights

    The common symptoms and signs of fear of heights include:

    • Sudden sense of panic or fear
    • Heart palpitations
    • Shaking
    • Feels as though you have lost your balance (dizziness or vertigo)
    • Sweating
    • Feelings of dread or terror

    Help for Fear of Heights

    The aim of treatment is to help the individual overcome his or her fear of heights as well as control symptoms. Therapeutic approaches such as psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding and exposure therapy has been shown to be quite successful in treating the fear of heights.

    Therapists work together with you by focusing on changing the way that you react to the situation, teaching positive thought patterns as well as coping skills to deal with the panic and fear. Anxiety medication such as tranquilizers or beta blockers can also help to reduce physical symptoms; however these are very strong medications which may have side effects.

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    Natural remedies

    Natural and holistic treatments have proven to be beneficial for anxiety disorders and phobias. Treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies not only address the symptoms but overall health and wellbeing.

    Herbs such as Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) and Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower) provides calming effect, balances emotional turmiol and supports nervous system health. Homeopathic ingredients such as Cocculus indicus, Lobelia inflata , Gelsemium and Bryonia alba reduces symptoms such as sweating, dizziness, disorientation and nausea which are associated with the fear of heights.

    More Information on Fear of Heights

    Certain steps can be taken to help you overcome your fear
    of heights and these include:
    • Confront your fear by discovering where it stems from
    • Try to understand your fear by recording it in a journal whenever you feel it coming on – in this way you will learn to know what causes it, how long it lasts
    • Make an effort to beat your fear because the longer that you avoid it, the more comfortable you will become with it – in the end it will become part of your life!
    • Practice relaxation techniques such deep breathing exercises, muscle soreness and muscle tension release or meditation to relieve tension and anxiety
    • Expose yourself gradually to the fear of heights by approaching the situation or object that terrifies you – take small steps until you are comfortable
    • Banish negative thoughts such as "What if?" "What could happen" from your mind and learn to live in the moment
    • Think positively and practice soothing self-talk to instill more confidence in yourself
    • Join an online group where you can discuss your fears with others who have the same problem
    • Treat the fear of heights with alternative therapies such as hypnotherapy or visualization techniques

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