Basiphobia is the fear of walking or standing. This article discusses the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this phobia.
What Is Basiphobia?
Basiphobia is an overwhelming, irrational fear of standing and/or walking. The basiphobic individual may be so intensely afraid of falling, that they will absolutely refuse to stand or walk. Some people coping with this phobia may be fearful only in specific circumstances.
Sometimes referred to as Basophobia, this word derives from the Greek “bainein”, meaning to step and “phobos” meaning fear.
What Causes Basiphobia?
As with every phobia, the person impacted by this phobia has experienced a real-life traumatic event. Thereafter, that trauma becomes automatically and consistently associated with walking, standing and/or falling.
The basiphobic individual may have actually fallen and been seriously injured at some point in their life. Perhaps they have an underlying, undiagnosed medical condition that makes walking or standing difficult and falling more likely. Maybe the person dealing with Basiphobia was the victim of an accident that resulted in a temporary immobility and painful recovery.
Whatever the cause, the basiphobic individual can experience emotional turmoil and anxiety that can be completely disruptive of their ability to function.
What Are the Symptoms of Basiphobia?
The symptoms of Basiphobia are individual and will vary among people. Some people, when confronted with their fear of walking or standing, may begin to perspire, feel slightly uncomfortable or become nauseated. At the opposite end of the spectrum, other people are so severely compromised by this phobia, that they may experience crippling anxiety and/or panic attacks.
Other symptoms of Basiphobia may include:
* A Dry Mouth
* Heart Palpitations
* Heightened Senses
* Feeling Dizzy
* Muscle Tension
* Rapid Heartbeat
* Feeling Out of Control
* Feeling Trapped and Unable to Escape
* Intense Feeling of Impending Disaster
How Is Basiphobia Diagnosed?
The vast majority of cases of Basiphobia are self-diagnosed. The individual realizes that their fear of walking, standing and/or of falling is irrational and is severely compromising their ability to function on a daily basis.
The basiphobic person may discuss their phobia with the primary physician. Rarely would the doctor diagnosis Basiphobia based on that initial discussion with the patient. More routinely, after ruling out any medical reason for this phobia, the doctor will refer the person to a mental health professional for comprehensive assessment and evaluation.
How Is Basiphobia Treated?
When the fear of walking, standing and falling becomes intense enough to disrupt an individual’s ability to function, there are a number of ways to treat Basiphobia.
These can include:
* A referral from the primary physician to a therapist who specializes in the treatment of phobias.
* Traditional “talk” therapy that will teach the person to recognize and control their phobia.
* Exposure Therapy.
* Self-help techniques such as purposeful muscle relaxation.
* Support groups with other people who are coping with this specific phobia.
* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Desensitization Therapy.
* Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and visualization.
* In severe cases of Basiphobia, anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed.
Basiphobia is an intense, irrational fear of walking, standing and/or of falling. Sometimes that fear can become so overwhelming as to completely halt a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. Unchecked, Basiphobia can become a debilitating condition that interferes with an individual’s personal life, their social life and job responsibilities. Untreated, Basiphobia can have a devastating impact on every aspect of a person’s life.