The term is a acrophobia (rarely) used to describe the fear of heights, ie the fear of distressing situations in which the person should rise in height, or stand near empty.

Definition of acrophobia

It is a phobia of situation:

1. People with acrophobia fear of being in a situation in which they would be high, may fall or collapse in the absence of assistance or protection, or to see people in such a situation, feeling the effects personally distressing.
2. Like any phobia, the person fully recognizes the absurdity of its troubles, but it fails to reassure.
3. The exposure to the feared situation (so-called situation phobogene) triggers an array of intense anxiety, paroxysmal, which may contain the panic. To mitigate this effect, the patient generally means contraphobiques said, for example, be accompanied wear certain clothing, have a medal in his pocket, and so on.
4. But anyway, the result is always conducted avoidance, aimed at avoiding confrontation with the situation phobogene. If these pipes are too annoying, they may have serious repercussions on social and family life.
5. Finally, unlike other disorders, the patient no longer afraid when it is no longer in a position of having to confront a situation phobogene.

Such symptoms are sometimes seen as a transitional measure, but only when the impact on daily life and family appear that we can talk phobic disorder.

What is not acrophobia

1. Exaggeration of a passenger apprehension is not a phobia. Indeed, many people feeling dizzy when they rise in arrivals did not necessarily develop avoidance behavior and anxiety reactions to the thought of heights, as is the case in patients of acrophobia. For example, a person who occasionally dizzy watching a dizzying height might look out the window of a high building, or climb into a roundabout at the top level; a person suffering from acrophobia carefully and avoid deliberately these situations and become extremely anxious at the thought of having to cope.
2. The acrophobia Nor is the haunting fear of falling from a height that occurs in a shooting in the absence of any situation phobogene. It only goes off only temporarily and only in situations where the subject is (or thinks it will be) forced to stand on a high.
3. Finally, the term vertigo should be banned in this context it means a different symptom of the phobia.

Nothing very specific, see the page on phobias. Psychotherapies are recommended. They can be inspired psychotherapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy. A team of cognitive-behavioral therapists conducting the Hospital Sainte-Anne in Paris, a research deconditioning by using virtual reality, which seems to give results on the fear of heights.(W3C)

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