Basophobia is a disorder known as fear of falling , it is a phobia that generates panic at the idea of ​​being able to trip, slip or lose balance. As a general rule, people are afraid of falling, since they can hurt themselves and it is considered normal.

But Basophobia goes further, this phobia implies feeling panic, the people who suffer from it become obsessive and irrational, even avoiding any type of displacement, incapacitating them, without being able to maintain a normalized rhythm of life.

It should be noted that Basophobia is sometimes confused than other similar ones, and this is a different condition from acrophobia , in which people feel panic about heights, however on certain occasions the type of fear suffered is similar . The same occurs in the case of ambulophobia, that is, the fear of walking; which despite being different from Basophobia is closely related.

What are the symptoms of Basophobia?

As it is an emotional or psychological health disorder, each person can show some symptoms or others , depending on how they live their fear, its intensity, their way of acting on it, etc. Therefore, there is no specific symptomatology for Basophobia, however, being a phobia, it has the key characteristics of this:

    1. An intense and uncontrollable feeling of anxiety associated with the fear of the phobia, in this case, the fear of falling, stumbling or falling to the ground .
  1. A higher heart rate , that is, in a panic situation, the heart accelerates significantly.

As we have said before, each Basophobic person can experience this phobia differently, based on many factors, both internal and external. However, in Bekia, we leave you a list of the most common symptoms, which can be observed in most cases. Before the idea of ​​falling, generally a person with Basophobia suffers from two types: physical and psychological

Among the psychological symptoms we can find:

    • Limb weakness, therefore loss of balance
    • Decreased ability to reason and think.
    • Feeling of unreality or of having separated from your body.
    • Guilt and feelings of losing control .
    • Feeling of being unable to stand up.
  • Isolation both social, work, family, etc.

Many of the physical symptoms originate as a consequence of the psychological ones. Among these we can find:

    • Hyperventilations
    • Sudden headaches or headaches.
    • Pains in the chest area.
    • Increased sweating and temperature.
    • Trembling and feeling dizzy.
    • Shortness of breath and a feeling of suffocation or shortness of breath .
  • Palpitations

What are the causes of Basophobia?

Generally, Basophobia, like the rest of the phobias, comes after the experience of a traumatic experience. Which, depending on how our personality is, our way of facing problems or the situation in which we find ourselves, affects us in one way or another. Therefore, the cause is considered to be a set of experiences, related to the genetic and environmental aspects of the person.

In general, people begin to suffer from Basophobia after a very intense fall, in the event that said fall has put them in danger, that they have been in bed or in a wheelchair for a long time and have not developed motor skills correctly and that cause fear, etc.

What people can get it?

It is known that anyone can suffer from Basophobia, however, there are groups of people who are more likely to have this condition. Some of these can be:

    • Older people : As we all know, as we get older we lose reflexes, mobility , even vision. This directly affects the likelihood of tripping or falling. So it can generate fear or panic at the idea of ​​this happening.
    • Lack of motor development: As we have said before, people who do not have adequate motor development may not feel safe when walking, since they do not control their movements well and tend to stumble and fall. This decline in movement can be caused by an accident, seriously injuring the person’s motor skills, by a delay in motor development, by diseases such as sclerosis, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia, etc.In some cases, although very rare, we can also find children of early ages, who, having not yet developed motor skills and not knowing how to coordinate their movements correctly, refuse to walk for fear of hurting themselves, falling, etc.
  • People with post-traumatic shock , that is, after having suffered an accident, usually due to a fall, a trip, etc; They panic that it will happen again, so the idea of ​​walking and falling again paralyzes them.

What to do if I have Basophobia?

First of all, if you think you are suffering from Basophobia it is important that you seek specialized help. Get in touch with your doctor or go directly to a psychologist, he will be able to give you the answers and solutions you need, giving a diagnosis and proposing an appropriate treatment for your case.

Generally when treating this type of phobia, specialists resort to cognitive behavioral therapy , with which, through dialogue, it is intended that the patient be aware of the situation and, thanks to this knowledge, modify the behavior patterns that they generate the problem.

Among other treatments aimed at solving Basophobia, we can find:

    • Neurolinguistic programming or NLP , in which, through hypnosis, it is intended to modify the mental scheme of the patient and make him aware that the fear he feels is unreal.
    • Physiotherapy , in which if the affected person does not have complete mobility, it can improve or regain it.
  • Direct exposure therapies , which consist of exposing the person to their fear, gradually, that is, little by little. So that in this way he will overcome it. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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