Life is all about progress and moving from one stage to another. Progress is inevitable. The only problem is that some people have a difficult time accepting the progress. In the opinion of a majority of the population, progress is good because it means that they are a step closer to achieving their dreams.

Unfortunately, the idea of progress presents a serious source of anxiety and panic among some people simply because they are afraid of progress. This fear of progress is not just ordinary but extreme fear which can be termed as a type of phobia.

Definition of Prosophobia

‘Proso’ is a Greek word which means forward while a phobia is Greek for fear. Therefore, Prosophobia is defined as a person’s fear of progress or just the fear of progress. Prosophobia is a type of specific phobia.

Causes of Prosophobia

Causes of Prosophobia other phobias in that it is caused by a combination of different factors. These factors can be categorized as either external factors which could be past traumatic experiences or internal predispositions like genetics.

Prosophobia is a specific phobia. Therefore, it can be traced back to a specific triggering event which in most cases is traumatic childhood experience. A child who has grown up observing the behavior of parents who have a fear of progress will most likely develop this fear themselves

Genetics also play a role in the development of Prosophobia. For example, people with mental illness are more likely to suffer from Prosophobia because of their genetic predisposition.  When such a person is exposed to traumatic events, they will most definitely develop Prosophobia.

What trauma could cause someone to develop Prosophobia? Well, a child who grows up being told over and over again that they cannot make it or amount to anything in life. Such statements have a negative impact on children as they grow into adolescents and then adults.

Then there are people who simply have an irrational fear that cannot be explained.

Symptoms of Prosophobia

Prosophobia is similar to other phobias when it comes to symptoms. The symptoms of Prosophobia are different from each patient depending on the severity of the phobia. Nevertheless, there are certain symptoms that cut across all patients. A person will experience these symptoms when they just think about progress.

They include:

  • Extreme anxiety can cause anxiety and panic attacks
  • Shortness of breath
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking and trembling
  • Inability to express oneself with words or sentences coherently
  • Rapid breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat

Treatment for Prosophobia

There are different approaches to treating Prosophobia. One form of treatment that is effective is cognitive behavioral therapy. The aim of this form of therapy is to expose any negative thoughts that a patient holds concerning progress. Cognitive behavioral therapy is geared at debunking any unwarranted myths about progress and trying to help the patient replace those thoughts with positive thoughts.

The other form of treatment is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy seeks to deal with any underlying trauma that may have triggered the phobia in the first place. Dealing with this trauma will help the patient get over the past events in order to move on.

The other form of therapy that is similar to hypnotherapy is psychotherapy. All these therapies are geared at discovering any past trauma and treating this trauma to bring emotional and mental healing to the patient.

Counseling is also effective in treating Prosophobia. Counseling sessions are also aimed at helping a person tackle any past traumatic issues. During sessions, the patient can talk about what their fears are concerning progress and what attitudes they hold regarding progress. In addition, a patient is taught ways on how to deal with symptoms of Prosophobia like anxiety.

In other cases, medications may be prescribed to help alleviate the symptoms of Prosophobia. For example, medications can be prescribed to treat nausea and other symptoms like anxiety. The bad news is that these medications are no perfect solution.

For starters, some of these medications have side effects which may jeopardize the patient’s health. Secondly, medications can become addictive which place more risk to a patient’s health. A person will have to deal with the phobia in itself and the consequences of addiction.

Medication should not be relied on as a solution. It should only be used in collaboration with other forms of treatment like therapy for more effectiveness.

There comes a time when medications must be prescribed to alleviate the symptoms of Prosophobia. Sometimes, the anxiety attacks can be a little bit much and hence anti-anxiety medications is prescribed. However, these medications have side effects.

Besides that, they don’t completely do away with the phobia thus they fail to treat the underlying cause of the symptoms. Lastly, the use of these medications over time can lead to addiction which beats the point of the medication.

How to overcome of Prosophobia?

It is possible to overcome any phobia including Prosophobia. What should you do?

  • First, you must clearly outline what your goals are. It is important to have a reason as to why you want to overcome Prosophobia in the first place. Knowing your reasons will keep you motivated in the journey
  • Second, it is necessary that you seek treatment from a trained professional. It could be counseling or any form of therapy. Regardless of which form of treatment you choose, it is paramount to ask for help
  • Third, have a support system. This could include family and close friends who can help you with your struggles. They should be understanding and not treat your phobia as an insignificant phobia
  • Last and most important, give yourself time. Be patient with yourself and be ready to make mistakes in the process. Overcoming a phobia takes time but you need to keep pushing yourself and take one day at a time.

There is no one phobia that cannot be overcome. This includes Prosophobia. With time, effort and treatment, Prosophobia can be overcome. Life has to progress and it is imperative for a Prosophobe to appreciate the need for getting over this fear of progress.