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I Am Scared of Heights

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    Never Use To Be.

    I am pretty sure I know where my fear has come from, I just don't know what to do about it. I was (still am) married to an electrician and being a typical tradesman I was usually the one who changed the light bulbs "I'll do it later darl" was a constant comment lol. So...
    stillgrieving stillgrieving 41-45 2 Responses Dec 10, 2009

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    I know its crazy but I am ,

    I cant even climb a ladder without getting the shakes .I cant even watch tv if some guy is stood on the edge of a building or cliff etc looking down gives me a sick feeling in my guts and I have to look away . It makes no sense but there it is probably my worst weakness.
    nakednudist nakednudist 46-50, M Apr 6

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    I Am Scared of Heights

    I Am Scared of Heights... Very tall buildings i can't even go near the window... Glass elevators, forget it!! six or seven rungs up a ladder, i'm back down again lol
    GoodGuy34 GoodGuy34 31-35, M 4 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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    You Won't Get Me Up There

    I have always had this fear as far back as I can remember if I climb a ladder for instance I know immediately if I have gone to high because I just freeze and find that I can not move at all. And then if I make the mistake of looking down that's it the dizziness start's. So I try...
    gelroller gelroller 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 30, 2012

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    Anyone else get this fear?

    I'm scared of even small heights if the drop is bad enough for me to break some bones I'll be scared. It means I can't even go to certain shopping centres with friends and I could never admit this fear to them only to family. Walking over a bridge with only about 10m height is...
    lawrencepa lawrencepa 26-30, M Feb 25, 2014

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    Not So Much Heights It's More Like An Uncontrolled Fall Followed By A Sudden Stop. :/

    it's not so much scared of heights, it's more afraid of falling err I mean the sudden stop at the end of the fall. I like heights as long as I feel safe and restrained and I know I will land safely.
    wack1985 wack1985 26-30, F Aug 14, 2010

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    I About Have A Panic Attack I Know Sounds Crazy Lol

    Heights is my biggest fear next to spiders .....I live in North Carolina so have to drive on mountains terrifies me the big drop offs I freak out getting up in my loft start cold sweating and heart racing and just thinking the worse OMG im gonna fall Im gonna die i hate that im...
    JessBcuzz JessBcuzz 26-30, F 28 Responses Oct 13, 2011

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    I am scared of heights.

    it wasn't always like that though.
    Ang012685 Ang012685 26-30, F Apr 8

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    I'm terrible, my legs start shaking

    when I'm on a stepstool and I can't go more than half way up a ladder! I put Christmas lights up on the front of our house and was absolutely terrified. I can't stand the feeling of not having anything to hold on to, it sends my heart racing.
    CaffeineJunky CaffeineJunky 18-21, F a week ago

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    And I Hate Ladders

    When did I realize this for sure? Some when about the age of 35.  Two episodes from way back then.I was a close friend of the woman who was the adult in charge of a church youth group. One Saturday the youth group had a project to wash the windows on the outside of the rectory...
    CFOM CFOM 66-70, M 10 Responses Feb 6, 2011

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    I didn't know about my fear

    until I was three or four, we were in paris and we climbed the tower. So I get out of the lift, see the drop, cover the 1st level with sick then faint. I had to be carried down =/ Normaly I'm pretty outgoing and confident but when heights are involved I make someone else do it...
    Tidgy Tidgy 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    I have a fear of heights,

    I have the fear that my feet aren't touching anything. Like I'm fine if I go to a pool cause I know how deep I am, but if it's like a lake it feels the same as being high in the sky! I'm afraid I'm just gonna drop and it will be over!
    brownzugar brownzugar 16-17, M Jul 24, 2014

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    It Makes My Stomach Do Flip Flops.

    I can't stand heights. I remember in primary school I would clime on top of the monkey bars and start crying because I was so high up. I don't know if anyone has seen the latest James Bond movie, but there is a bit at the start where they are fighting way up in the air and they...
    randomdriftwood randomdriftwood 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 21, 2007

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    I don't mind like low hights,

    I cant go on rollercoasters because most of them go really insanely high and that concerns me. Who else does that?
    Morgee3304 Morgee3304 13-15, F Jan 22

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    It's Limiting

    As long as I'm not falling, in danger or falling or the like, I can tolerate heights. It limits my life somewhat. For example, when in Sydney, I would like to do the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. Apparently it's the "Climb of Your LIfe". Well, not mine. I doubt I would feel...
    LOOKINGINSPACE LOOKINGINSPACE 41-45, F 3 Responses Aug 7, 2010

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    It just gives me the creeps.

    .like I feel nauseous and I feel like I'm going to fall down..now I'm referring to TALL TALL heights..not like the heights of a monkey bar or a big waterside..I meant like REALLY TALL!! But I'm fine with planes cuz I'm safe inside :/ yeah I'm weird
    bunnychubz bunnychubz 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 23, 2014

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    I don't like heights at all.

    I am always afraid that I will fall and get injured.
    ObserverOfLife ObserverOfLife 22-25, M Dec 14, 2014

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    I Didn't Realize...

    How deep my fear ran until this past weekend... I have had moments in the past where I felt a twinge of fear, but was able to block it out... But this weekend, oh lordy lordy... My fear reared it's ugly head big time and I was forced to face it.. My guy took me horseback riding...
    CaliGirl3 CaliGirl3 36-40, F 4 Responses May 13, 2009

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    Yeah... I've been scared of heights

    since I was a kid. I'm slowly conquering it tho. My significant other is a roofer, in order to spend more time with him last summer I actually climbed up on the roof and started tearing off because his nephew and friends were helping him and they frankly...errrr... They were...
    Drechavo Drechavo 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 27, 2014

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    they are sooo scary! Like,

    seriously how are you not completely terrified?! I want to be short, so on roller-coasters I 'm not allowed to go on, and have an excuse for not going on °-° Also my sister pushed me off a wall in the back of our house, and i broke my arm, so this may be another reason I don...
    FlowerFollower FlowerFollower 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

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    Really Scared

    I am so afraid of heights. Everytime I get in a situation where I'm scared of the height of something, I get this huge adrenaline rush and just tense up. I feel that being scared of heights holds me back from things like climbing a rock wall, going hiking and even certain...
    Bloo Bloo 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2008

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    Fixing The Bulb

    Please dont ask me to climb up the ladder though i'm the only who can fix the bulb that's stuck on the 20 feet high ceiling... and why the heck is the ceiling constructed that high?
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11, 2011

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    Up Too High

    I feel weak and my legs feel like rubber bands when Im up too high. Scary as hell.
    AwesomeAngel AwesomeAngel 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 31, 2012

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    Doesn't Matter How Secure Or Safe...

    Top of the Empire State Building.  Standing on a 6 foot platform during a production of Songs For A New World.  Climbing a ladder to get something out of the rafters.  Standing on a 6th floor balcony. I hate heights.  They terrify me, no matter how safe...
    Chanteuse1984 Chanteuse1984 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 7, 2007

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    Wish I Wasn't Afraid Of Heights But I Am

    I've always been afraid of really high heights but it seems worse as I got older.  It's the worst when I'm out in the open air like near the edge of a extreme drop off. You know those beautiful scenic views where people stop my the side of the road?  That can seem like a death...
    PC2629 PC2629 56-60, M 1 Response Apr 10, 2012

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    Random Height Anxiety Attacks...

    I admit I'm afraid of heights, for whatever reason it may be. It could be a lot of things...genetics, etc...or it could be falling down the stairs when I was 2 (a very traumatic thing for me at that age...I had the same dream about falling down for a year). However, I find some...
    sublimex sublimex 16-17, F Dec 26, 2007

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    Was Once Grave

    I was never afraid of heights to begin with it was just a normal thing to be high of the ground and look down, so what happened.... I was at the mall with my close friend and we decided to go on the sky loop now while we were on it I felt scared and closed my eye shut while...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 8, 2013

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    HannahB15 HannahB15 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 8

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    I just can't stand it.

    Even a few stories. I don't know why. Is it because I'm really tall and thin im afraid I'll fall out?
    NotgoingsoloAus NotgoingsoloAus 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 29, 2014

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    I can go up a tree with ease

    and everything else but when I'm coming down it takes so much effort trying to get down. But I still love to climb!!!!!!!!!
    RedCatHunting RedCatHunting 16-17, F Dec 14, 2014

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    I am so scared of heights.

    I never use to be but I have been since I almost died from falling from a great height. Of course why be afraid of heights...why not just afraid of falling. But the experience was really frightening and now I just can't stand heights anymore.
    Louisaxxx Louisaxxx 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 19, 2014

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    My Worst Fear

    I am scared of heights. Heights have always been my biggest and worst fear. I can't do elevators that go up too high, rollercoasters, plane rides, or anything that I have to do that will take me too far from the ground! The ground is my friend :) It's safe.
    Sweetheartxoxo Sweetheartxoxo 26-30, F Apr 17, 2008

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    My biggest fear is heights i get frightened on

    a Ferris wheel I can barely breathe when I'm up high and I think of the worst possible situations that could happen to me whenever I go up somewhere I high I feel as though I should jump off wherever I am as an alternative to get down from the height but I know that I would get...
    maceylovesyouug maceylovesyouug 16-17, F Apr 3, 2014

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    Thankfully, I am not

    as bad as I used to be. Plus, there are certain things I can actually do, even if it is high. But, I will not do anything that requires me to be at a certain level, unless it is necessarily needed.
    MrsGrisham MrsGrisham 26-30, F Apr 3, 2014

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    Panic

    when i was young i wasn't at about 26 years old i discovered i was! I find it strange now i have panic attacks when i am high up .
    redheadsrule redheadsrule 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2007

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    Went to the Rio Grande Gorge

    and took a picture of both the gorge and the river. Stunning view and more so in person. But just being near the gorge can give you a heart attack!
    smcmahan smcmahan 41-45, F Jul 19, 2014

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    too me, it's not a fear of hights,

    it's a fear of falling from a high place. think about it, say you go skydiving. if your parachute doesn't work, you have a long want to go to die :(
    Azeazal Azeazal 16-17, M May 25

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    Well Sorta... ...

    Well sorta... I am not like afraid of being up high. It's the unrestrained or the actual chance of falling. Like I hate those outdoor bleachers. I will not sit on the top. Or being picked up. It's hard for me to trust that the person picking me up isn't going to drop me... But...
    PaperRoses PaperRoses 18-21, F 8 Responses Dec 7, 2007

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    I know its crazy but I am ,

    I cant even climb a ladder without getting the shakes .I cant even watch tv if some guy is stood on the edge of a building or cliff etc looking down gives me a sick feeling in my guts and I have to look away . It makes no sense but there it is probably my worst weakness.
    cookaburrer cookaburrer 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 1, 2014

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    I started to get scared of heights

    when I went to Abu Dubai and on the roof of the tallest building in the world and no railing.
    IntellectPeanut IntellectPeanut 22-25, M Dec 14, 2014

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    I don't actually experience any heights these

    days because I fear being immobilised,unable to move. This has happened in the past. The first time I noticed the problem was when I was a teenager I went with a girlfriend on 'the big wheel',a sort of Ferris wheel. She was fine but I was white-knuckled holding on to the rail...
    Wyesman Wyesman 70+, M 2 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    NYPD2495 NYPD2495 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 19, 2014

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    I didn't use to be when I was a small kid,

    and strangely enough I'm fine on roller coasters. But when it comes to being high up on anything, or walking on a bridge even, I'm absolutely terrified.
    meganmalfoy meganmalfoy 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 28, 2014

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    Actually I love heights!

    :) I love to look down the side of a tall building, off the side of a Ferris wheel, tall bridge etc. BUT..... I hate what I call "short heights" Anything from getting told to jump from the our side shed roof (about the height of a fence), to looking down from a ladder or roof...
    Sadgirlwithoutarazor1 Sadgirlwithoutarazor1 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 19, 2014

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    Don't Look Down... But I Just Have To!

    I don't feel too guilty about fearing heights, it's sensible and evolutionary. I don't have many problems with natural highs - up trees, on mountains, peering over cliffs - it's the man-made stuff that really gets to me.  Tightropes between skyscrapers would be my worst scenario...
    CrookedMan CrookedMan 46-50 Dec 23, 2011

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    I always imagine falling down from

    that height and it's never pleasant. My legs turn to jelly, I start to sweat, and I can only concentrate on walking as far away from edges as possible and getting the hell down to lower ground.
    iiArial iiArial 18-21, F Sep 11, 2014

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