Many people enjoy climbing mountains, jumping off waterfalls and being on top of the world. On the other hand, there are some people who are extremely afraid of heights. They avoid elevated places such as bridges, skyscrapers, planes or balconies. Acrophobia is the fear of heights, it comes from the Greek word Akron, meaning “peak, summit, edge” and phóbos, which means fear. The sufferers of acrophobia can experience panic attacks in high places and do not calm down until they’re safely back on the ground.
Acrophobia occurs in different ways. Some people experience it while climbing simple stairs, others experience it while standing on the fifth floor of a building.
The symptoms of Acrophobia are:
-Shortness of breathing
-Nausea and dizziness
-Shaking and trembling
-Unable to speak or think clearly.
When most people are exposed to heights, they experience a certain degree of fear which is natural and is called “The fear of falling.” But those who experience Acrophobia have intense fear and nervousness with heights. According to HRF “Between 2% and 5% of the entire population suffers from acrophobia, most of which are women. Twice as many women suffer from this mental disorder in comparison to men.”