Bathmophobia

Fear of Stairs or Slopes

Definition

Bathmophobia is a horrible fear of stairs, escalators, and slopes in general
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Causes

Bathmophobia can sprout from an experience with slipping or falling on stairs or hill. Another possibility is that, in the past, one looked upon another person struggling to climb up an incline. In childeren, especially, the confrontation of menacing or scary-looking stairs can be the foundation for the fear.
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Symptoms

Symptoms of Bathmophophobia include an irrational fear of walking, feelings of panic, terror, or dread when faced with a set of stairs, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, and anxiety. People with the phobia may take it to great lengths to avoid using stairs.

Treatments

Victims of Bathmophobia will most likely be treated through the system of cognitive-behavorial therapy. This type of treatment slowly takes away the fear through rationalizing and calm introduction to the object of the fear, mainly steps or hills. Relaxation techniques will be taught to the patient to help them remain calm when faced with the fear in the future.


Another type of treatment is through the use of medications. In this process, medicines such as anti-anxiety pills, would be used to take away the affects of the phobia.

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