Fear Of High Ceilings And Tall Buildings

All my life i have had a fear of High ceilings and tall buildings. As a child i could not look up in the school hall, i can not explain what the fealing is or what i think may happen. it is just total fear...

I am getting worse as i get older, I can't drive accross a bridge even steep hills now freak me out, its crazy.

I must get help....

Burt333 Burt333
36-40, M
12 Responses Oct 13, 2009

I believe my son has this. Today we whet into downtown Las Vegas and he panicked. He was fine when we were in the car driving down the Blvd. But when we parked in a garage and headed to the sidewalk, he just froze, broke down in tears and was his body was stiff as a stick. Poor little guy. He is eight.
This is the worst episode that he has had. There have been a few times when just holding his hand at the convention centers or malls would help ease him. But not today.

Me too. It's weird but I hate going into a huge indoor space, say a station...it makes me feel on edge. I prefer smaller spaces and lower ceilings. However, I love being outside...weird!

I have it too. Cant drive over a bridge towers freak me out. have to have my husband drive and i keep my eyes closed. and as i get older it gets worse. it almost feels like it lifts me up. it is the strangest thing. high ceilings, sky scrapers. when i was in school had a hard time with the flag pole was too tall.

I also have had this fear my whole life, in school I couldn't even look up in the gym because the ceiling was to high. I thought I grew out of it as I got older but last month I went to Grand Central in NYC and it happened when I looked up.. Feet stick to ground, shake, feel like I cant move. So glad I am not the only one who gets this.

Me too, from the time I was very young. Old fashioned theaters were bad (Radio City MH was terrifying); I couldn't even enter the Blue Whale room at the NY Museum of Natural History. Glad there's a name for it.

Oh my goodness I am so relieved that there are more people who are like me. I am currently on holiday in Germany and have made trips to berlin, Prague, Luxembourg and now going to Paris. Stupid me booked a 2 hour tour of the Eiffel Tower however my palms and feet are already swearing just thinking about it. There are so many things I wanted to do but have been held back due to my fear!!! I can't look up at the cathedrals, look over bridges and appreciate the beauty. I feel like digging a deep deep hole and burying myself or running into a tunnel and never coming out!!!

Omg I tought I'm alone! Hahaha I have the exactly same problem with you! I've had this since I was a little. Almost all the people around me assume I'm afraid of high, like being in a high place. They always misunderstand me hahahaha I'm so relieved when I found this page. I don't feel alone anymore hahaha :)

Omg I experience this exact same feeling i get it all the time like if im walking outside and look straight up at the sky i get the feeling of falling upwards, But big rooms are the worst i was in the middle of an empty airplane hanger as a kid on base and got so scared i had to sitdown cause the loss of judgement between the vast distances inside threw me off so bad

OMG I never new there are other people in the world that have a fear of high ceilings, i always ashumed i was just a freak. I can so relate to to what u are saying, i can't physically walk into a church or shopping center without freaking out. I used to hate it was when i had to go on field trips with the my schools and had to go in musuems. But the worst was when i got forced to go in York Cathedoral and fainted. I used to be really scared of tall buildings as well but i grew a small bit of that one. I still do shake at first but when im used to it im fine. :)

I used to have this when I was younger. When we went to Vegas when I was ten I just about freaked at some of the tall signs and buildings. And Mortor, it's interesting you said that because I used to hate going to IMAX theaters as a child because of the ceiling/screen height.<br />
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Somehow through the years it went away. I still feel a little shaky but I don't have that about-to-pass-out, panicky feeling anymore. I wish I could tell you how I overcame it, but mine just sort of went away with time (only to be replaced with another phobia years later... I honestly believe everyone has one).<br />
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Just wanted to reaffirm what everyone's saying here in that you are not alone in your fear. I know it doesn't cure anything, but I also know that it gives some comfort in knowing there are people like you.

ive had that fear for about a year now,sadly i cant go to malls even, i always get shakey and feels like im going to passout. =/

your not alone i have the same fear i couldn't even go to church because the ceiling was so big. I still have a fear recently i went to the Imax and actually couldn't even stay because i see it and i feel like im falling upward. like the feet begin to tingle and you stomach turns and you get wobbly its scary but i think the best way to overcome is to not look up but and you might look up and stare at a corner if there isn't one try a small ob<x>ject on the ceiling and for a bridge just keep forward have a small conversation with yourself or a passenger. Im not sure what you mean by steep hills are you afraid of heights with the hills.