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Fear of heights is very common. Many people feel this kind of fear. It is quite understandable. For example, it is logical to be afraid if you are trying to stand somewhere up high.  You’d be afraid that you could fall. Most people would feel the same way. However, having a strong fear when you’re in a safe environment is not a normal feeling. For example, it is not normal to be afraid while just standing inside of a tall building. This strong fear of high places is known as acrophobia.

Acrophobia can cause feelings of panic and sickness. Some people only become afraid when they are in especially high places, like at the top of a mountain or on the roof of a very tall building. Others feel panic when they simply climb up a ladder or walk up a flight of stairs. Acrophobia can make some people’s lives very unhappy. It can affect their holidays, housing choices, and job options.

If a fear like acrophobia keeps a person from having a normal, productive life, then it is a real problem. Some people may need a doctor’s help to stop acrophobia. They may need medicine or even hypnosis in order to feel better.

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