Altophobia refers to the condition of
having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of heights.
This extreme fear can be dangerous when sufferers are in situations that
trigger their fear. For example, they may become too distressed to get
down again safely due to experiencing a "panic attack" in a
high place such as a bridge, for example.
Extreme fears (phobias) such as altophobia
can lead to a variety of disturbing symptoms such as: Breathlessness;
difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly; dizziness; dry mouth; fear
of dying, "going mad" or losing control; feeling sick; inability
to concentate, inability to make usually-simple decisions, nausea; palpitations,
shaking; sweating profusely; or a severe anxiety attack. Not all sufferers
are affected by all possible symptoms, and some individuals may also have
Even though many adult sufferers of altophobia
(and/or other fears/phobias) are aware that their fears are unreasonable,
many still experience severe anxiety even when just thinking about the
subject or situation they fear. However, phobias such as altophobia
are known and a relatively common form of anxiety disorder that may be
treated conventionally using cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure
and fear reduction techniques. Drugs may also be offered, typically anti-anxiety
or anti-depressants - particularly during the early stages of treatment.
Other forms of treatment offered may include Bach
Flower Remedies, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or
other similar therapies.