Why am I suddenly scared heights?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

I can totally relate to your fear of heights! I used to be terrified of heights as well, and it was a sudden onset for me too. It’s really interesting how our fears can just appear out of nowhere, right?

From my personal experience and from what I’ve learned, there are a few reasons why you might suddenly develop a fear of heights, also known as acrophobia. One possible explanation is that your brain has developed a negative association with heights due to a past traumatic experience or a near-miss situation. Our brains are wired to remember negative events more vividly, so if you’ve had a scary incident involving heights in the past, your brain may now be hypersensitive to anything related to heights.

Another factor that can contribute to the development of acrophobia is the anticipation of pain or harm. Our brains are wired to protect us from potential dangers, and falling from a significant height is definitely a situation where we could get seriously hurt. So, if you’ve been dwelling on the potential pain or harm associated with falling from heights, your brain might be trying to protect you by triggering a fear response whenever you encounter heights.

It’s also worth mentioning that some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing phobias, including acrophobia. So, if there is a family history of phobias or anxiety disorders, it could increase your chances of developing a fear of heights as well.

In terms of overcoming acrophobia, exposure therapy is often recommended. This involves gradually exposing yourself to heights in a controlled and safe environment, while learning relaxation techniques to manage your anxiety. It’s important to work with a qualified therapist or counselor who specializes in phobias, as they can guide you through the process and provide support.

Remember, facing your fear of heights is a personal journey, and it’s okay to take it at your own pace. Just know that you’re not alone, and with the right support and techniques, it is possible to overcome acrophobia.