Agoraphobia – leave it outside!
People with agoraphobia fear being in situations where escape may be difficult, or where no-one would be around if things went wrong.
Most people think that this is a fear of open spaces but this is too simple a label. Sufferers can be fearful of numerous situations including:
* leaving home; home is normally considered a place of safety.
* travelling by plane, trains or any other kind of transport.
* visiting places where there are lots of people e.g. supermarkets.
People with this problem tend to exercise avoidance; this is the practice of avoiding places which cause anxiety. Others may enter these places, only when accompanied by a friend or relative.
In many cases, this condition starts as a result of associating panic attacks with places or situations where the attacks occurred, and then avoiding them.
Not all people with this problem suffer from panic attacks. Their fear may be related to a fear of crime, illness or terrorism.
If you are a sufferer, you may feel that it is incurable and that you are resigned to having it for the rest of your life. This is not the case and many people recover and lead normal lives again.
This client had been to counselling for a year for her attacks. She also had problems with going to supermarkets. As counselling was unsuccessful, she came for a first session with me a week ago. This is part of our second session where we went to Tescos and walked around. She was so relaxed that we even stayed for a coffee. Total time in Tescos was about half an hour. After this walk, Susan then went for a walk on her own in Tescos. Contact me if you want to hire me. http://panicattacktherapist.com/eliminateyourpanicattacks/
Posted by Eliminate Panic Attacks and Anxiety on Thursday, July 9, 2015
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