|How to overcome a fear of high places?
||[Aug. 23rd, 2016|11:35 am]
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Seriously, it's pathetic. I can't even climb a ladder without breaking out into a cold sweat and freezing up. The fear is worst when I'm looking down on a wide, expansive space; such as a football stadium. Or when I'm sat in one of the "upper circles" of the local theatre. It's okay when I look directly down at the stage, but if I look across from myself and get a glimpse of the ceiling, I realize how high up I am and how big the room is, and start shaking and feeling sick.|
Sometimes I am afraid to leave the house because I know that I will see the sky, and I feel like I am falling up into it. As if I am clinging to the ceiling of the biggest possible room, and the floor is so far below me that I can't even see it.
I find it hard to walk across bridges, even if it's only a pedestrian bridge across a road.
It sucks, because I want to get trained as an electrician. However, "sparkies" tend to work up ladders, installing ceiling lights. Even plumbers sometimes have to install things like guttering and ducts, so no matter what trade I enter I am guaranteed to have to go to a high place at some point. On some days, I can sort of handle it. But on others, it's just too much for me to handle.
The weird thing is, I'm totally okay in aeroplanes. Elevators, too. And I can easily cross a bridge as long as I'm in a car or on the bus. I think small spaces make me feel safe. Which is odd, because I'm such a big guy.
I live in the UK. If anyone could signpost me towards some sort of support network, that would be cool.