Fear of Crossing Streets (Agyrophobia): Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

The fear of crossing the streets or roads is a specific type of phobia. It is sometimes called homophobia from the Greek dromos, ‘running,’ ‘racetrack,’ or agyrophobia.

Causes of homophobia

  • Dromophobia can result from a traffic accident and can therefore be classified as a subtype of panic disorder with agoraphobia (CAP).
  • As such, dromofobia, especially fear of crossing streets alone, can be a component of the disorder stress post-traumatic related to the accident, as a reaction to a situation reminiscent of the traumatic event in the past.
  • Sometimes this behavior can be misinterpreted during the assessment of PTSD symptoms as a precaution (i.e., normal learning behavior ) rather than fear (which is abnormal avoidance behavior)

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  • The fear of crossing the streets can also result from anticipatory anxiety related to the limitation of the person’s mobility due to stiff-person syndrome.
  • A person with SPS who crosses a street may develop attacks of increased stiffness or spasms.
  • Dromophobia can be present in people with autism, especially children, as crossing a road involves complex skills, such as judging the speed of an oncoming car.


  • When people suffer from this disorder, they generally avoid going to places that need to cross a street or avenue.
  • It is most advisable to go to a psychologist, who will be in charge of evaluating your fear and applying the appropriate treatment.
  • Many studies published by experts assure that the most advisable are cognitive therapies and, in very extreme cases, combine them with some drugs.
  • It is essential that the patient not self-medicate and start taking tranquilizers or any other pills that complicate the situation.

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Hello, how are you? My name is Georgia Tarrant, and I am a clinical psychologist. In everyday life, professional obligations seem to predominate over our personal life. It's as if work takes up more and more of the time we'd love to devote to our love life, our family, or even a moment of leisure.