Amaxophobia: Definition and Symptoms

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Amaxophobia Definition: An irrational and exaggerated fear of riding in a vehicle or being in one.1 Amaxophobia is the fear of riding in a car. The origin of the word amaxo is Greek (meaning vehicle) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear).2 Amaxophobia is a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of walking, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. An extreme unwarranted fear and/ or physical aversion to walking.3 Causes: It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (traumatic events) and internal predisposition (heredity or genetic). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic…show more content…
Develop fear hierarchy. You and your therapist create a list of scenarios involving your fear, each more intense than the last. Exposure. You begin exposing yourself to the items on the list, starting with the least frightening situation. You start to realize that panic lessens within a few minutes of encountering your fear. Building. As you become comfortable at each stage, you move on to increasingly difficult situations. Why We Don’t Like Exposure Therapy Going through fearful situation after fearful situation is cruel and unnecessary, we believe Self-Help Self-help really means do-it-yourself and could be anything from choosing a home study program to extreme exposure therapy. There’s no single self-help solution – but there is a philosphy we think is helpful: taking resposibility for your own cure, whatever method you choose. Why We Offer Self Help Whatever anybody says the truth is that you are the only person who can cure your amaxophobia. Any cure – that is any solution that eliminates the problem, rather than just masking it or making it better, by definition involves breaking the mental ties between walking and your flight-or-fight responses. Talk Therapy There’s different kinds of talk and of course the effectiveness of any therapy is critically dependent on who you are working with. Generally though the process is slow and often the results are poor, because as dedicated and skilled as most psychiatrists are, their training does not
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