SURMOUNTING YOUR FEARS

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -

Acro­pho­bia (vis­ual height in­tol­er­ance) calls for psy­cho­log­i­cal treat­ment, though some peo­ple may also ben­e­fit from some kind of ther­apy or sup­port if it is hold­ing them back from ac­tiv­i­ties they other­wise en­joy. Treat­ment varies de­pend­ing on the causes of the con­di­tion. Here are some op­tions:

Make your pos­ture more sta­ble to help min­i­mize symp­toms of vis­ual height in­tol­er­ance. Avoid tilt­ing your head to keep your vestibu­lar sys­tem (which con­trib­utes to your sense of bal­ance) sta­ble. Also, try to keep sta­tion­ary ob­jects in your pe­riph­eral vi­sion and avoid look­ing at mov­ing clouds; this will give you more of a vis­ual sense of sta­bil­ity.

Ex­po­sure ther­apy in­volves ex­pos­ing peo­ple to fear­ful height stim­uli in a con­trolled set­ting un­til the fear of anx­i­ety de­clines.

Cog­ni­tive ther­apy in­volves help­ing pa­tients rein­ter­pret per­ceived harm­ful stim­uli as less threat­en­ing.

Drug ther­apy for acro­pho­bia may in­clude anti-anx­i­ety drugs, an­tide­pres­sants, and beta-block­ers.

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