Tropophobia is the fear of moving or making changes. This can appear in many different situations throughout a person life. An obvious example from the definition would be moving. This could be moving to another city, state, or even another house in one’s own neighborhood. Other situations which would trigger this phobia include changing schools, relationship changes, house rearranging, changing insurance companies, getting a different vehicle, and many more.
People who suffer from Tropophobia are unable to handle any sort of change. The examples listed above are somewhat major changes, but even the most minor changes could cause a complete breakdown for these people.
Symptoms of Tropophobia
As with any phobia, symptoms of Tropophobia will vary by the individual, depending upon several characteristics and their level of fear. Specific stimuli (i.e. the type of change or move) will also cause different reactions.
One of the most common symptoms of people with Tropophobia is having an extremely stubborn personality. Due to their morbid fear of moving or making changes, these people are more often than not unwilling to budge on issues.
General anxiety is also another common symptom of Tropophobia. The fear of moving or making changes is usually with the sufferer, and anxiety persists.
Furthermore, when faced with the stimulus, or if the anxiety level becomes too high, a panic attack may set in. Symptoms of a panic attack, which could also be present on their own, include a fast heart beat, difficulty breathing, weakness, fainting, dizziness, tingling or numbness, an extreme sense of terror, excessive sweating, chills, a feeling of a loss of control, and chest pain.
Causes of Tropophobia
Causes of Tropophobia are no different than symptoms in regards to variation. Many situations can lead people to develop Tropophobia. It all depends upon individual characteristics and life events.
However, one cause typically stands out among the rest; trauma. Most often, it is a traumatic event or series of events, usually in childhood, that causes Tropophobia. For example, as a child, a person with Tropophobia my have been forced to move several times. The constant change of houses, towns, schools, and friends may have led to the fear of any type of moving or change.
People could fear moving or making changes for other reasons, too. Other disorders, such as Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, may drive the need for consistence. Any change in the daily routine, living situation, etc. could drive these people into a frenzy.
Others may simply just be terrified of moving or making changes for no real reason at all. Some people can develop phobias without any justification for them.
Treatments for Tropophobia
The best treatment for Tropophobia depends upon the individual. However, there are a few treatments that are the most common, and work for most of the patients.
The first treatment that many opt for is therapy. Some phobias can be treated with shock or exposure therapy, although that could be a bit tricky with Tropophobia. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can be helpful for those with Tropophobia though. This type of therapy changes the way that a person reacts to their feared stimulus. Furthermore, therapy can also help the individual and the professional assigned to them to understand the reason for the phobia.
Secondly, medication is available to treat the anxiety felt by Tropophobes. Specially designed anxiety medication and/or anti-depressants can alleviate symptoms of anxiety. Some people could also take these medications during moves or changes alone, and be perfectly fine once the situation is over. Medication can also help for physical symptoms of panic attacks, such as difficulty breathing.
Finally, relaxation techniques are quite effective for alleviating anxiety and other symptoms. Many people choose this as a quick and easy method for coping with various situations. Some of the most common techniques include meditation, yoga, listening to music, and various breathing exercises.