Ambulophobia or fear of walking may have developed due to a link to the fear of control loss. This fear can be learned through observation, but more often than not, there is either a belief that the patient might get hurt or an injury in the past is contributing to the development of such fear. For example, due to a temporary or long-term case of vertigo, sufferer may find it safer when sitting or lying down. They may develop a sensation of falling when they try to stand or walk.
The sense of fear may also be expanded if the patient happened to have a social anxiety or a fear of being viewed unfavorably by the people surrounding him/her. Ambulophobics may even use an electric scooter for them to be able to move around instead of walking – even if they are capable of doing it.
This fear of walking can even stem from an unusual gait or a limp while walking. Individuals suffering from this condition may not be willing to stand up to greet a visitor or may simply speak loudly and tell you to come into their place. Aside from that, they usually keep the things they need close to them to avoid moving or standing up to get them. Other symptoms of Ambulophobia may include:
- Dry mouth
- Panic attacks
- Sense of losing control
Most ambulophobic also suffer from severe stress since they may really want to meet the expectations of other people, and yet, they are completely powerless over their emotional response to the one thing they fear the most – walking.
Being able to control emotional responses is the main key to gain control over the fear, and this may be achieved with a help of a professional therapist. These therapists can help you retrain your emotional response towards the facts or the rational centers of your mind to be able to temper your response to the fear.