Fear of Accident: Dystychiphobia Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Most Common FAQS

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FEAR OF ACCIDENTS- DYSTYCHIPHOBIA 

Dystychiphobia encompasses fear of all forms of physical accidents, including those that occur in the home, the workplace, public spaces, and roadways. A person with this phobia fears the accident above all, which includes the consequences of accidents such as harm to themselves and/or others. 

ORIGIN OF DYSTYCHIPHOBIA 

 Dystychiphobia draws its origin from the Greek language meaning bad (dys) and accident (tych). A person with this phobia is scared of accidents, hurting oneself, or others.

Dystychiphobia Meaning and Definitions

Dystychiphobia is the unbridled fear of having an accident. This phobia is often seen in a person who has been in a serious or near-fatal accident in the past. In some cases, the phobia can be triggered by an accident involving someone else, such as a dear friend or family member. 

Most Common Symptoms Of  Dystychiphobia

Since dystychiphobia is a phobia that is caused by trauma, it is relative; i.e. it changes from person to person. Some people are afraid only of industrial accidents, others of transportation-related crashes.

The following are the physical symptoms- 

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  1. Rapid heartbeat
  2. Trouble breathing
  3. Sweating
  4. Feeling sick
  5. Shaking
  6. Chest pain
  7. Inability to speak. 
  8. Dry Mouth
  9. Numbness

Causes of Dystychiphobia ( Fear of Accident )

There are no definitive causes of dystychiphobia

  1. Nevertheless, genetics and one’s environment may both play very significant roles in the development of this condition. For example, if someone has a family history of mental illness, especially of anxiety disorders or specific phobias, then they may have a higher chance of developing dystychiphobia. This may be due to them than having a genetic predisposition to developing mental illness in general.
  2. Traumatic Experience of an Accident while driving a car or sitting at the front passenger seat. 
  3. A co-relation with other related phobias Vehophobia and Traumatophobia

Treatment of Dystychiphobia

There are two kinds of treatment of the phobia- 

  1. Psychotherapy 
  2. Talking Therapy 
  3. Hypnotherapy 
  4. Medications. 

1) Psychotherapy 

Psychotherapy is a general term for treating mental health problems by talking with a psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health provider. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of specific phobias. 

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2) Talking Therapy. 

Talking therapy usually includes counselling and might be useful with overcoming dystychiphobia.  

3) Hypnotherapy 

Hypnotherapy is used to make subconscious changes. It can take 5-6 hypnotherapy sessions with the registered counsellor to overcome the fear of accident. 

4) Medications

In addition to therapy, your health care provider might prescribe you medication to cope with your dystychiphobia. Usually, a medication would be prescribed with the ultimate goal of weaning you off of it as your symptoms improve. Medications prescribed for phobias are often similar to those prescribed for panic attacks and/or panic disorder. 

5) Meditation for Dystychiphobia

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There are many different forms of meditation that exist which can be very advantageous for someone suffering from dystychiphobia. 

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 dystychiphobia 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 dystychiphobia 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 dystychiphobia, 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 dystychiphobia. Also, remember that it will take a lot of practice to become an adept meditator. So, practice is key

RELATED PHOBIAS. 

People may have other phobias with the fear of accident like Vehophobia, Traumatophobia, Fear of Close Spaces, Fear of Everything, and Fear of Air Sickness.

Vehophobia

Vehophobia is the fear of driving. Those suffering from Vehophobia experience crippling anxiety whenever they are behind the wheel of a car. Usually, people develop a fear of driving after being involved in an accident.

Traumatophobia. 

Traumatophobia is an irrational fear of getting injured. Traumatophobia is more readily suffered by young children, usually caused by being severely injured. 

Sufferers who go to school would want to avoid going to gym. Some sufferers may only go out when necessary. Even some sufferers who need to be treated for life-threatening injury may avoid potentially life-saving medical procedures as the operation may readily injure them even more.

FAQs ABOUT DYSTYCHIPHOBIA 

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2. DYSTYCHIPHOBIA IN HINDI 

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3. DO PEOPLE WHO HAVE DYSTYCHIPHOBIA ALSO HAVE A FEAR OF BEING IN THE PASSENGER SEAT. 

For a lot of people, fear of driving or Amaxophobia only is restricted to their vehicle. The prospect of allowing someone else to take control of the trip, however, is terrifying. Like many specific phobias, the impact of amaxophobia depends largely on context

4. WHAT ARE FREAK ACCIDENTS?

An incident, especially one that is harmful, occurs under highly unusual and unlikely circumstances. Fear of freak accidents is also called dystychiphobia. 

5. IS OCD RELATED TO DYSTYCHIPHOBIA?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterised by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviours. It is not just about the common notion of biting nails or washing your hands. 

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that causes repeated unwanted thoughts or sensations (obsessions) or the urge to do something over and over again (compulsions).  Some people have obsessions and some have compulsions and some may have both. 

Dystychiphobia is also a kind of OCD, because  the person has the obsession and compulsion of the infatuation of being away from his or her vehicle and not driving it. 

6) FEAR OF DRIVING ON THE HIGHWAY VS IN THE CITY 

 Fear  of driving on highways makes it hard to get places – Freeways are an unavoidable part of the driving experience for many people. Try living in almost any large urban area without driving on freeways. It’s difficult, if not downright impossible, to do.

Amaxophobia is an intense, persistent fear of participating in car traffic (or in other vehicular transportation) that affects a person’s lifestyle, including aspects such as an inability to participate in certain jobs due to the pathological avoidance of driving. 

7) HOW TO OVERCOME A FEAR OF DRIVING? 

  • Have someone with you

It is always better to have someone wit you in your vehicle when you’re afraid of driving. Usually people are more scared of driving alone than the concept of driving. 

  • Don’t drive at night. 

If you’re a new driver then you must stick to daytime driving. You have more to worry about at night because people, animals and other vehicles are much more difficult to see than in the daylight.

  • Learn to love highway driving 

Many people find that even if they are not afraid of driving on local roads, they are absolutely terrified to drive on highways, especially multiple lane highways. Yes, this can be pretty scary, especially if you are a new driver, but this is a fear that every driver must eventually overcome. It is best to start out by driving on lesser used highways, and those that are not multi-lane. 

  • Listen to music

Yes, music is a big distraction but only if you listen to it on loud volumes and let it distract you. Listen to music on a low volume and it will calm you. 

  • Take a driver’s training test. 

One of the main reasons why people are afraid to drive is because they can’t foresee the situations they might face and are unprepared which is why they should take a drivers training course so that they are sure about their skills. 

These courses teach people most of the things they need to know  good drivers, and get actual driving time, so they can get some experience being behind the wheel ,while backed up by a professional instructor sitting right beside them.

This way they overcome their fears they once did because they are prepared for the situations that can pop up on their way.

  • Stay in practice. 

Getting right back on that horse: if you are in an accident, you should not hesitate to get back in your vehicle and start driving again because the longer you wait, the harder it gets to get back and lose your fears. If you get right back at it then you will have no fears and will enjoy driving once again.

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