Over Coming The Fear Of Moving

The fear of​ relocating is​ a​ real and​ devastating problem for​ some people. The anxiety of​ moving to​ a​ new state, town or​ even a​ new house can be overwhelming for​ many people.

As hard as​ it​ might be to​ believe, there are tens of​ thousands of​ people who suffer from the fear of​ moving, or​ Tropophobia as​ it​ is​ called. it​ is​ a​ very real, diagnosable disorder that if​ left unchecked can have devastating consequences for​ those that suffer.

Tropophobia, is​ known by a​ number of​ names including the most common​ ones such as​ Fear of​ Moving, and​ Fear of​ Making Changes. to​ those that have never experienced any type of​ moving anxiety it​ might be hard to​ understand​ exactly how debilitating this​ disorder can be. for​ those that have at​ least been slightly anxious about moving to​ a​ new location, it​ would be a​ bit easier to​ understand​ how a​ disorder such as​ Tropophobia can be so debilitating, how it​ can have such a​ large impact on​ quality of​ life for​ those that suffer.

Some people live in​ the same state, the same town, even the same house their entire life and​ never think about or​ have need to​ even consider moving to​ a​ new location. Their lives are well rounded and​ well adjusted to​ their particular surroundings and​ they lead happy full lives. But there are those that will live with a​ fear, a​ fear of​ change, a​ fear that keeps them trapped in​ the same house, the same town, the same state, for​ years or​ even a​ lifetime.

Studies have revealed, especially in​ larger metropolitan areas such as​ New York and​ Los Angelis that people live their entire life in​ the same house, never venturing outside a​ mentally determined safe zone. Be that a​ borough area such as​ Brooklyn New York, or​ a​ neighborhood within​ that area. Stories continues to​ surface about people who know little about the world around them because they suffer from severe Tropophobia
Trying to​ explain​ the thoughts and​ feelings of​ those that suffer is​ very difficult to​ put into words to​ give readers the ability to​ understand. it​ might be easier to​ understand​ if​ one were to​ state it​ like this. Imagine standing on​ a​ rocky cliff, with your​ feet already half way over the edge. Imagine looking down from that cliff and​ not being able to​ see the bottom, but only darkness as​ the distance falls away beneath your​ gaze. Imagine kicking a​ stone over the edge and​ waiting for​ the report of​ its hitting bottom, but never hearing it.

Now imagine if​ you​ will, that the world tells you​ a​ better, more abundant life is​ right in​ front of​ you​ only a​ few steps away and​ all you​ must do is​ take a​ few more steps past the edge, from that edge you​ have been standing on, which from your​ point of​ view is​ the only stable ground you​ have left before falling into a​ bottomless pit.

of​ course it’s not quite that simplistic. to​ characterize in​ all the facets that make up the disorder would of​ course show it​ to​ be much more multi-dimensional. But the above illustration​ serves as​ an​ example for​ reference of​ thought.

Fear of​ Moving has the ability to​ devastate not only the life of​ the one who suffers from it, but also those lives around that person​ as​ well. Suffering from Tropophobia can cause loss of​ job opportunities or​ advancements or​ even loss of​ a​ career. if​ a​ spouse needs to​ relocate because of​ job, it​ can cause severe marital problems far beyond the normal pressures of​ such an​ event. Fear of​ moving, or​ fear of​ change can have not only devastating psychological effects, but damaging physical effects as​ a​ result of​ the anxiety as​ well.

Tropophobia is​ not always easy to​ spot as​ a​ disorder. Many people who have fear of​ moving don’t realize it. They may have developed a​ sophisticated method of​ coping with the disorder that is​ capable of​ rationalizing any and​ all decisions they make in​ resistance to​ making change, reasons that may on​ the surface sound and​ look totally convincing. But when the rationalization​ runs out, and​ a​ problem is​ finally recognized, there is​ hope.

The hope is​ in​ that like every other phobia, Tropophobia can be treated, it​ can be over come. Many times taking the first small step in​ treating it, will lead to​ giant steps forward in​ a​ very short time. in​ other cases, slow methodical steps toward treatment and​ recovery are needed. There are agencies and​ support groups that can help. if​ you​ suffer or​ know of​ someone who suffers from fear of​ moving, don’t let it​ be in​ control. Take control and​ get the help needed to​ overcome and​ live a​ better life. The first step is​ realizing the fear, and​ the second is​ to​ take action​ against that fear.

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