What is Basiphobia?

Basiphobia, also spelled 'Basophobia, is the extreme and persistent fear of walking or standing up. This phobia generally appears well into adulthood, although it can also arise earlier. The sufferer feels uncertain and unsafe about walking and may need a walking stick or someone to hold onto in order to be mobile.

Basiphobia is closely related to, and interchangeable with, Ambulophobia or Atasibasiphobia or Atasiphobia which all describe the extreme or irrational fear of walking or standing. It is also related to Bathmophobia which is the extreme or irrational fear of stairs or steep slopes and Barophobia which is the extreme or irrational fear of loss of gravity.

The origin of the word bas is Greek (meaning stepping) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).

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Symptoms of Basiphobia

  • Extreme Anxiety, Dread

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Rapid Breathing
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dry Mouth
  • Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
  • Lack of Focus
  • Irritability
  • Shaking
  • Feelings of Powerlessness
  • Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
  • Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
  • Avoidance Behavior
  • Headaches

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Causes of Basiphobia

Basiphobia sufferers may be battling physical causes such as osteoporosis, arthritis, bursitis and/or tendinitis such that walking causes pain. Fear of walking or falling can result from having muscular issues such as Parkinson’s disease, etc.

People of all age groups can develop this phobia. It is common in individuals working in construction industries or even in sports professionals where one might have faced a debilitating injury while on scaffoldings placed at a great height or during a game. This can lead to Traumatophobia which feeds the fear of falling phobia.

Basiphobia is a specific (or “isolated”) phobia, centered on non-social key factors. Isolated phobias tend to have some previous trauma (often in childhood and often physically injurious) as a root cause; a fear of bees may stem from an injury in childhood, for instance.

Upbringing can also play a role, such as parental warnings about a direct threat (such as “snakes can bite and kill you”) which is especially notable in cases where a threat is more imminent. (An allergy to bees or peanut butter, for instance, would naturally reinforce a real medical concern.)

It is thought that genetics and hereditary factors may play a role in specific phobias, especially those related to a danger of injury. (A primal “fight or flight” reflex may be more easily triggered in those with a genetic predisposition, for instance.)

By contrast, social phobias (like a fear of body odor or touch) are less well understood, are driven by social anxiety and are broadly labeled as “social anxiety disorder”.

In all kinds of phobias, external experiences and / or reports can further reinforce or develop the fear, such as seeing a family member or friend who is affected. In extreme cases, indirect exposures can be as remote as overhearing a reference in conversation, seeing something in the news, on TV, or in the movies.

Basiphobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.

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Treatments for Basiphobia

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

  • Habit Strategies To Relax
  • Cognitive Therapy (CT)
  • In Vivo Exposure
  • Response Prevention
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Medication
  • Meditation

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