Friday, February 10, 2012

Acrophobia: The Fear of Heights

Acrophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of heights.  It is also known as Hypsiphobia.  Acrophobia is closely related to Batophobia, the fear of heights or being close to objects that are really high such as skyscrapers.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Acrophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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