Agyrophobia (or dromophobia) is the abnormal and persistent fear of crossing streets, highways and other thoroughfares; fear of thoroughfares themselves. Sufferers experience anxiety even though they realize that streets, highways and other thoroughfares pose no threat commensurate with their fear.
Formed from the Greek "gyrus" (turning or whirling) and the Greek "phobos" (fear). The first letter, "a," is privative—that is, it creates a negative. Thus, an agyrophobiac shuns or avoids the whirl of traffic.
It is a situation when a human beings are fearful of crossing roads. Mostly not empty small street but a quite wide road with vehicles at least 2-3 lanes. They fear from the vehicles on the road. They also fear that if they are on a road crossing a vehicle will kill them in an accident.
Agyrophobiacs believe that they might be crushed or hit to death by some vehicle while they are on road or street. This fear sometimes take extreme state and the person starts getting afraid by just mentioning of street names.This phobia is considered independent from the fear of cars, as even crossing a deserted intersection still initiates the fear reaction.
It is psychological problem cause is unknown however it can by birth, it can be developed if he has a previous road accident or he have seen a lot of them and lot of people have discourages them since they were young.
The symptoms of Agyrophobia is similar to many other phobias, which include anxiety, nervousness, shortness of breathing, heavy breathing, excessive sweating, nausea, mouth dryness, heart palpitations, and inability to speak or think clearly.
Agyrophobia may cause sufferers to being unable to move when faced with road intersection, or run unexpectedly when crossing street and thus pose danger to themselves and to other street users.
Agryophobia is most often curable when the phobic elicits the help of a licensed mental health professional. The goal of a mental health expert should be to find the root of the phobia by identifying the cause of the person’s extreme and irrational fear. The patient and therapist will discuss why the fear is unfounded, how they can come to terms with any traumatic experiences that caused the phobia, and possible ways to deal with the symptoms of the condition. This type of psychotherapy generally has a very high success rate, with the vast majority of patients completely overcoming or successfully coping with agyrophobia symptom-free for years, if not for the rest of their lives.
Other methods of psychotherapy include exposure therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of treatment involves meetings between the patient and therapist in which the patient is systematically and gradually exposed to the source of fear while learning to control and rationalize their physical and mental reactions to it. By facing agyrophobia head on, the patient becomes accustomed to it and is able to realize that his or her initial fears were not grounded in real or imminent danger.
If you are searching for help with agyrophobia, finding it is easier than you think. There are countless therapists and peer groups willing to help not only with overcoming the disorder but also its attendant psychological difficulties. Do not let agyrophobia stifle your life and constantly give you something to fear. Do not hesitate to reach out for support.