According to the majority of psychologists and psychiatrists, acrophobia is one of the types of diseases with which it is almost impossible for a person to cope, if the manifestations of the disease are pronounced. Therefore, it is possible to get rid of panic attacks of heights with the help of competent specialists in the field of psychology or psychiatry, and only after a preliminary diagnosis has been made. Diagnosis is possible on the basis of the patient's subjective story about his feelings and condition during his ascent, as well as monitoring him during the performance of functional tests. Such tests should be made with the utmost care in order to avoid possible deterioration of the patient’s condition.
Acrophobes are constantly experiencing panic attacks of fear, for example, because they live on the top floor of a skyscraper, or are constantly trying to suppress the attacks of fear in risk of getting a severe depression, the consequences of which can be irreversible. People suffering from acrophobia, who constantly struggle with their fear, forcibly overpowering themselves, according to statistics, on average, live less, by about 20 years. The constant fear experienced by them rapidly wears out the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
With the help of medication, acrophobia is almost meaningless to treat. Medications help only to temporarily remove or temporarily reduce the fear of heights, while allowing people suffering from acrophobia, for example, to fly in airplanes or climb high in the mountains. However, this experience does not conquer the fear of heights and cannot be perceived by their subconscious as positive, and therefore is not fixed.
Therefore, today the only method that is 100% reliable, which helps to get rid of this disease, is partial or full correctional impact on the patient’s mind by introducing him into a state of deep hypnotic trance. That is why only psychotherapists who are fluent in hypnotic skills can help people with acrophobia.
In addition, there is therapy, which is based on teaching patients how to control their psychophysical state and relaxation methods. At the same time, fear is blocked at the hormonal level. This therapy has three stages. The first is to directly train control and relaxation techniques without taking antidepressants. The second stage is a practical lesson that occurs at a low altitude accompanied by the attending physician. The purpose of this stage is to provoke fear. If the patient refuses to conduct such an exercise at a height, then a sense of height can be simulated with the help of virtual reality. After activation of the fear of heights comes the third stage, which consists in the fact that the patient begins to apply this knowledge until the degree of discomfort does not disappear without a trace. Then gradually the height increases, and all stages are repeated in a similar sequence.
Along with this, if the manifestations of acrophobia are not pronounced, then to cope with them and gradually overcome the fear of heights is possible with the help of special independent training.
The only and most effective way to deal with the fear of heights, if the disease has not gone far, is the so-called face-to-face collision method.
The first thing to do is to assess the level of fear and try to take control of it. After all, if you are covered with panic on the thirtieth floor of a skyscraper, this is normal, but if you are a meter high from the floor, this is a reason to think seriously. Master meditation or other relaxation. Avoid high places. It is necessary to become the face of fear, that is, to go to the roof of a high-rise building or to a balcony, you can jump with a parachute. There are many options. When you are at a height, you should analyze your fear, divide it into its component parts, while minimizing it and negating it. Gradually, getting used to high places, a person can learn to control his acrophobia. And in the future phobia just disappear.