Batophobia (from Greek batos, meaning passable) is the fear of being in or close to tall buildings. The fear is often caused by being up in a tall building and looked down from above and found themselves suddenly frozen and extremely scared that they might fall down and die. People being close to high buildings might develop this fear because of the risk that the building could collapse and could get trapped under the rubble.
People with this fear usually prefer to live in one-story houses with no stairs and elevators, and may even get scared of being on top of a stage. They will exhibit symptoms of anxiety when they are in a city with tall buildings and they might feel trapped or suffocated.
Behavioral therapy is one treatment option for batophobia. For severe cases, medications might help especially heights of any degree cannot be avoided.
- Acrophobia – fear of heights