Thaasophobia (Fear of Sitting)
Thaasophobia is the irrational fear of sitting or idleness. Someone experiencing this condition may endure intense bouts of anxiety. In fact, their anxiety may be so intrusive that they may even experience full blown panic attacks as a result of their thaasophobia. They may actually realize that their intense fear of sitting is irrational, but in the midst of intense anxiety or of a panic attack, they will often be unable to convince themselves of this.
Their inability to think rationally, as well as their inability to cope with very strong emotions may be a large reason as to why they suffer to the extent that they do. They may find it extremely anxiety provoking to merely think of sitting or of idleness. It may also not be uncommon for someone who suffers with thaasophobia to also suffer from macrophobia (fear of long waits).
Someone with thaasophobia may make major life decisions based on their fear of sitting. For instance, they may consciously choose careers that will require them to be on their feet for much if not all of their shift. So, this may make it more difficult for them to find jobs that they would like to do as opposed to what they feel they “must do” in an attempt to minimize the amount of anxiety they may experience.
As you can imagine, someone experiencing thaasophobia may experience heightened anxiety for much of their day to day life given the many different situations that call for or require sitting. Though it may be possible to go throughout your day to day life without sitting, it may be quite difficult.
Symptoms of Thaasophobia
As is the case with virtually all phobias, anxiety will be among one of the most profound symptoms experienced with thaasophobia. Someone with this condition may find it nearly impossible to sit down. Their inability to complete such a simple task may also open the door to many other intrusive emotions, such as shame, self-loathing, or low self-esteem. If they were to withhold such emotions for a long enough time, they may even begin to develop full blown depression insofar as they have the genetics to do so.
Someone with thaasophobia may experience panic attacks from their irrational fear of sitting also. The intensity of their panic attacks may be so intense that it may even require them to be hospitalized. Though this may not be the norm, it is still very plausible to conceive that it could occur, especially if they are already a very anxious person to begin with.
Someone with thaasophobia may find it very difficult to go through their day to day life with their condition as they will often be asked or tempted to sit down in various situations. So, it may be difficult for them to avoid sitting when the temptation to do so is high, especially at the onset of fatigue.
Below, you will see some common symptoms of thaasophobia:
Intense anxiety when sitting
Anxiety when thinking of sitting
Unable to cope with strong emotions
May experience panic attacks
Muscle tension, shakiness, and sweating
Increased rate of breathing
Causes of Thaasophobia
There is no known cause of thaasophobia. Nevertheless, genetics and one’s environment may play significant roles in its development. For instance, someone with a family history of mental illness, especially with anxiety disorders and phobias may have an increased chance of developing thaasophobia. This has to do with their increased chance of having a genetic predisposition to develop mental illness.
So, if someone where to have a genetic predisposition to develop mental illness, then it may only take them experiencing a traumatic event of some sort for them to develop full blown thaasophobia. If they experienced a traumatic event that was related to sitting or being idle in some capacity, then it is not implausible to think that they may then develop thaasophobia insofar as they had the proper genetics.
Though we do not know exactly what causes this disorder, the best we can do at this point and time is to observe the individual’s family history, as well as their environment. These two things alone can give us a very strong indication as to why someone may develop thaasophobia. However, this may not always be the case.
There are no treatments specifically designed for thaasophobia. Nevertheless, exposure therapy may be very beneficial. Just as the name implies, exposure therapy works by having the therapist slowly expose the patient to that which they fear. In this case, the patient would be exposed to sitting. Though this form of therapy may be extremely anxiety provoking for the patient, the goal is for them to experience less and less anxiety the more they are exposed to their fear.
Given the very high amount of anxiety that is associated with exposure therapy, it is imperative that this form of treatment be implemented by a very adept therapist who has experience with treating phobias. This is very important because if the patient is exposed to too much too soon, then their thaasophobia may worsen. So, it is very important to take these things into consideration before you begin this form of therapy.
Besides exposure therapy, anti-anxiety medication may also be quite advantageous for someone suffering from thaasophobia. However, merely taking medication alone may not be enough for them to truly improve their symptoms in the long run as they will likely need to learn how to improve their thinking patterns. Nevertheless, this should be something that you may want to discuss with your doctor.
If you think you may have thaasophobia or if you are suffering from some of the symptoms outlined in this article then you should talk to your doctor as soon as you can so that you can get properly diagnosed and treated. Be sure to have questions ready for your doctor to help clear up any concerns you may have. Upon seeing her, she may refer you to see a specialist such as a therapist or a psychiatrist.