For my next trick, ‘vertigo’ has been suggested. This topic is more challenging, because it can mean different things depending on the context.
In this case, an inner ear infection causing dizziness or disorientation was implied. An inner ear injury, as in a gunshot wound, can also have this effect, as my son and I know all too well.
Acrophobia, an irrational fear of heights, as in the classic movie “Vertigo”, which I won’t elaborate upon here, is associated with this condition. Vertigo comes from the Latin meaning ‘whirling’, feeling giddy or off balance.
Here’s an interesting related factoid: gephyrophobia, an anxiety disorder or phobia characterized by an irrational fear of bridges, may be partly due to either claustrophobia, the fear of enclosure, or acrophobia, the fear of heights.
Here’s an article with some facts about vertigo and dizziness that may surprise you. Check it out. http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/10-surprising-facts-about-dizziness-vertigo/
Well, that should be enough info to make your head spin, see what I did there? 😉