Since a about a year I have a strange fear of wide open spaces. It kinda feels like the nothingness around me causes me to have the feeling that I be sucked- or falling up to the sky(or a high ceiling) or the nothingness around me, and other times I have the feeling the nothingness around me crushes me. I know it is totally not possible because there is gravity and such, but whenever I am in such a situation my body starts to tense up and I start to have panicky feelings and thoughts. The thoughts go mostly about the wide open nothingness around me (although i really don't know where I am scared for, I know logically very well that nothing can happen). I also have a lot of trouble crossing bridges on foot (no problem in a car or train) or standing on a dike etc... Though as long as there are things around me like a lot of trees or when I am looking at things through a window, I don't really have a problem.
I also have a lot of fear of heights and I used to have panick attacks too (Hypochondria) but it resolved itself.
I have found a couple of posts of people with exactly the same phobia as me on this and other fora, and it seems we all share one common fear, namely fear of heights and panic attacks.
I think that what I and a couple of other people have is that somehow the fear of heights got overdeveloped. Somehow instead of heights, the fear spread over to the nothingness between the heighty point of view and the ground, plus the nothingness around the person that normally comes with heights. Therefore, a substantial amount of 'nothingness' between the person and something else (or infinite space) got conditioned with fear stemming from the fear of heights phobia.
So somehow the fear of falling got messed up with the developed fear of a large amount of or distance of 'nothingness' between yourself and your surrounding. Therefore you can have the fear of falling to the the sky or an object that is 100 metres away on the same level while standing on the ground.
But my main question is... Is there a way to get rid of this fear? I tried to force or expose myself to my fear, but it doesn't really help and makes me panicky and agoraphobic...