I recently wrote a post entitled Getting to Know You in order to share a few things about myself with you. One of points I shared related to my fear of stairs.
I have never met anyone who shares the same fear of stairs as I do although I know that they are out there. What I think that I have is climacophobia:
“Climacophobia – fear of stairs – fear of climbing stairs or falling down stairs”
Open stairs are a complete no go. Unless I am forced to go up them or have no other choice to get to where I need to be, I am not going up them. Thankfully this isn’t a day to day issue. The daily issues I have relate to going up and down stairs.
When ascending stairs I have to hold on to the handrail, usually for dear life, and my foot must be touching the front of the next step in front of me. The higher I get, the more panic I feel, I start to feel dizzy and by the time I reach the top I am convinced I am going to fall.
When descending stairs again I am holding on to the handrail and I am very very careful when coming down. If the staircase is tall enough I sometimes have to come down step by step by step, which unfortunately is the case with the staircase at my office. I am convinced that I am going to miss a step and if I let go of the handrail I immediately go very dizzy.
Unlike the fear of spiders or claustrophobia, this a phobia that I have to deal with on a daily basis and something that I am more than used to being made fun of for. I constantly let people go in front of me as I can’t stand anyone being behind me on the stairs, especially as they usually make fun or try to hurry me along which sends me into near hysteria.
The fact that I live in a bungalow has been brought up on many an occasion as to the reason why I feel like this, but I am up and down two very large flights of stairs at work five days a week so I can’t see that as being the reason why. I’ve never fallen down stairs either.
I’d really be interested to know if there is anyone else out there who has the same symptoms as I do, and would ask, how do you deal with it and have you have any help?
|I called these the "Stairs of Doom" in Amsterdam|
|Having to set off a full five minutes before anyone else to get down stairs is irritating|