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.
Thaasophobia Treatments (abridged)
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.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Thaasophobia
DBT is a very effective form of treatment for people struggling with emotion regulation. It is often used to treat people suffering from borderline personality disorder. Nevertheless, it can also be very advantageous for someone suffering from anxiety disorders like thaasophobia too. This is due to the numerous amount of coping skills you can expect to learn in a DBT group. These groups typically last about 6 months long and can have anywhere from two people to several people depending on how many join the group.
One very effective DBT skill for helping someone with thaasophobia is half-smiling. This technique works by having you think about that which you fear or upsets you all while slightly raising the corners of your mouth by lightly smiling, thus the term “half-smiling.” Although, it isn’t enough to just think about your fear while half-smiling, you also have to try and refrain from entertaining those painful emotions that your specific fear may evoke.
Mindfulness meditation is also heavily used in DBT and can greatly benefit someone with thaasophobia as it is done in a group setting, which helps to put the patient out of their comfort zone. These group mindfulness practices may include drinking warm tea to hone in on the sense of taste and tactile senses or simply focusing on the breath.
Coping ahead is another very useful DBT skill that can help someone with thaasophobia. With coping ahead, you will want to find a place where you can sit down quietly without distraction. Close your eyes and then think about the many different possible scenarios where you would face your specific fear and overcome it or cope with it. Doing so will help you to be much better adept at coping with your thaasophobia when you are actually exposed to the specific fear associated with it in real life.
Yoga for Thaasophobia
There are numerous different yoga poses that can substantially benefit someone who is suffering from thaasophobia. In part, this is due to the meditative state of mind that yoga tends to emit in those who practice it on a consistent basis. Yoga can be thought of as meditation in motion. It can help to relieve some of the anxiety associated with thaasophobia due to the mere fact that by engaging in yoga, your attention will be redirected to something more productive.
There are many different types of yoga that someone with thaasophobia can benefit from, such as hatha yoga or hot yoga, among many others. Nevertheless, regardless of the many different forms of yoga that exist, virtually all of them can help to relieve some of the stress and anxiety that is associated with thaasophobia.
If you have never practiced yoga before, then it may be in your best interest to take a class or watch some guided videos that can help you through each pose. Just like with meditation, the more you practice yoga, the more adept you will become at it. Besides helping you to reduce your symptoms of thaasophobia, you can also expect to acquire increased strength and flexibility, among other benefits.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Thaasophobia
CBT is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve one’s mental health. It is a modality that is often used to treat people suffering from anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder and OCD. Someone with thaasophobia may also be able to benefit from CBT as well seeing as how it would allow them to have a much better understanding as to why they think and behave the way they do in relation to their irrational fears.
CBT can be immensely helpful for someone with thaasophobia given the sheer automaticity of their symptoms. For example, when someone with thaasophobia is exposed to their fear, they will almost always have an instantaneous subconscious reaction to their fear. Such a lack of introspection is likely a large part of why someone with this condition will suffer to the extent that they will. CBT can help you to take a step back and analyze your fears more deeply than you typically would.
Besides learning to be more fastidious with regards to understanding one’s specific fears, someone with thaasophobia engaging in CBT can also expect to learn various other skills aimed at helping to relieve the anxiety caused by their condition.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Thaasophobia
MBSR is an 8-week evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to help people who are suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, and other sorts of mental anguish. MBSR may be able to significantly help someone who is suffering from thaasophobia as mindfulness meditation has been shown to be very beneficial for anxious people. In such a structured program, someone with thaasophobia can expect to learn a plethora of different skills that can help them to relieve the intense anxiety that’s associated with their specific phobia.
Talk to your doctor or therapist to see if MBSR can help you to reduce the intensity of your symptoms of thaasophobia, as well as where to find MBSR programs in your area.
Exposure Therapy for Thaasophobia
As previously mentioned, exposure therapy is one of the most common ways to treat anxiety disorders such as thaasophobia. It can be an efficient way to help desensitize the patient to their specific fears. Be that as it may, it is imperative that the therapist implementing it on their patient is very adept at doing so. For example, if the therapist were to slightly expose someone with thaasophobia to their fear, then it may not be very effective as they may need a higher amount of exposure to truly trigger any sort of worthwhile change in the patient.
The same can be said for the antithesis of this scenario. If the therapist were to excessively expose someone with thaasophobia to their fear, then doing so could be highly counterproductive to the point to where their thaasophobia may become immensely worse due to the therapy alone. So, it is paramount that the therapist implementing exposure therapy for someone with thaasophobia has a very strong sense of just how severe their symptoms are so that they can know the level of exposure that the patient will likely be able to handle.
Reducing Caffeine for Thaasophobia
It is no secret that consuming large amounts of caffeine throughout the day can aid in making you more anxious. This makes sense when we look closely at how caffeine affects our body’s physiology. When we consume a high dose of caffeine, our heart will start to beat faster and we become more tense. Essentially, our body will begin to go into a “fight or flight” state of mind. Such a frame of mind is often a precursor for someone with thaasophobia to experience panic attacks.
So, consuming little to no caffeine throughout the day may be able to significantly help reduce your day to day anxiety. Although doing so will likely not make all of your anxiety go away, it will indeed help you to reduce any unnecessary suffering that you would have otherwise experienced if you were to consume a large amount of caffeine.
Beverages like coffee and tea are often high in caffeine, as well as some energy drinks. In fact, even some foods have caffeine in them as well, such as dark chocolate. Being more conscious of your daily caffeine consumption may help you to reduce some of the symptoms associated with thaasophobia.
Psychiatric Drugs for Thaasophobia
These types of medications aren’t only for people who suffer from depression as they can also help people suffering from anxiety disorders as well, such as thaasophobia. Some common antidepressants are Paxil, Zoloft, and Lexapro, among several others. These drugs may be able to help reduce some of the symptoms of thaasophobia.
These types of drugs are typically taken on a daily basis. They can indeed help prevent panic attacks from occurring, but they are more so used to help reduce people’s daily anxiety. Talk to your doctor to see if taking antidepressants can help to reduce your symptoms of thaasophobia, as well as whether or not it is safe to do so.
These types of medications are very useful to help prevent panic attacks. Such drugs can be extremely useful for people suffering from severe thaasophobia due to the fact that people with phobias often experience panic attacks as well. Some common anti-anxiety medications include Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin, among many others.
These types of drugs are not typically taken on a daily basis, but they may be insofar as their thaasophobia is severe enough. However, this is something that you should first discuss with your doctor before you decide to do so to ensure that it is safe and effective.
Exercise for Thaasophobia
Exercise has been shown to be extremely beneficial for people suffering from anxiety disorders, including thaasophobia. Specifically, cardiovascular exercise can significantly help to relieve one’s stress. This is not to say that weight-resistance training would not benefit someone with anxiety, but rather that aerobic exercise is has been shown to be more effective at releasing those feel good chemicals in the brain, such as endorphins.
According to the American Psychology Association, exercise can help to condition the mind to better cope with stressful situations. This makes sense when we take into consideration the high amount of stress that the body is put under during strenuous exercise. So, if you yourself are sedentary, then engaging in some form of aerobic exercise may be able to significantly help reduce your symptoms of thaasophobia by making it much easier for you to cope with the anxiety and stress that’s associated with this condition.
There are many different aerobic modalities that you can partake in to help reduce your symptoms of thaasophobia, such as swimming, biking, skiing, walking, and jogging. You can also acquire the many benefits of exercise by playing sports such as tennis, soccer, basketball, and racquetball, among many other sports. Engaging in some form of exercise consistently may be able to help relieve some of the pain associated with thaasophobia over time.
Meditation for Thaasophobia
There are many different forms of meditation that exists which can be very advantageous for someone suffering from thaasophobia. Specifically, mindfulness meditation has been shown to be quite beneficial for helping people to enter into a more equanimeous state. There are many different ways with which you can implement mindfulness meditation and there are also many different meditation apps which are designed to make things as easy as possible for you.
Mindfulness has the potential to significantly help those suffering from thaasophobia due to how it will help one to distract themselves from their fear by refocusing their attention onto something else that does not have any sort of emotional baggage attached to it, such as by focusing on the breath for example. This is one of the most basic ways that one can meditate and be present.
For someone with thaasophobia in the midst of a panic attack, redirecting one’s attention to the various sensations felt when breathing can actually help to reduce the amount of mental anguish experienced during such an influx of anxiety.
To implement mindfulness meditation to help relieve one’s symptoms of thaasophobia, you can do so by paying close attention to the way the muscles in your abdomen and chest contract and relax with every inhale and exhale. You can spend time dwelling on how it feels as your chest expands during each inhale and how it sinks in with every exhale.
Besides focusing on your breathing, you can also focus on the sounds around you, the way your skin feels as you touch certain objects, the way foods taste, as well as the way certain aromas smell. Essentially, honing into your 5 senses can significantly help you to reduce some of the anxiety that is associated with thaasophobia. Also, remember that it will take a lot of practice to become an adept meditator. So, practice is key.