(Also Known As: Panic Attack Suggestions, Fear Of Being Away From Home Suggestions)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
Suggestions for Agoraphobia
A person who experiences Agoraphobia becomes a prisoner of his or her fears. Living with it makes life miserable and complicated. If they feel that they may be suffering from Agoraphobia, professional treatments can completely help the person defeat Agoraphobia, however, there are some tips and suggestions that will create coping mechanisms.
Trying to face fear is the first thing that must be practiced. Although, it is common that the individual feel difficulty and unrest going places or being in situations they do not have full control over, practicing going to more places with the help of friends and family can make them feel less anxious and frightened.
The second important task is to practice calming behaviors to help in not losing control and having panic attacks. With these skills, it is necessary to seek help from a health care professional. It is also advisable to perform meditation, by doing activities such as yoga and imagery even within the confines of their home. This can be beneficial even when they are in a calm state so they can then apply the skills during anxious or stressful situations.
When medications are prescribed to reduce symptoms by a medical doctor, it is important to take it as directed to see the results since discontinuing medications without a doctor’s recommendation may lead to worsening of the situation.
At times, alcohol may be used to cope with the symptoms of Agoraphobia. This is not recommended. A better solution is to understand the symptoms and treatments.
Connecting with individuals through a support group who can be trusted who are also dealing with Agoraphobia can be extremely therapeutic.
Lastly, taking care of oneself by getting quality sleep, eating nutritious foods and exercising is a basic step that one must live and practice, not only for agoraphobics, but for all who are concerned with their health.
To effectively help someone struggling with Agoraphobia, one should avoid being judgmental or critical, but rather they should show and accept them completely and unconditionally. Help them be inspired in living an enjoyable life by giving encouragements and discussing their desires and dreams to live a life without fear.
Could You Have Agoraphobia?
|Acute Stress Disorder – mental shock, psychological shock. terrifying events, stress, anxiety|
|Antisocial Personality Disorder – disregard of rights of others, pervasive aggressive behavior, sociopaths, antisocial, conduct disorder, psychopaths|
|Generalized Anxiety Disorder – irrational worry, anxiety episodes, uncontrolled fear, restlessness|
|Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsessive, compulsive acts, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, fear, perfectionist|
|Panic Disorder – panic attack, anxiety attack, excessive worrying, agoraphobia, anticipatory attacks|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance|
|Social Anxiety Disorder – social phobia, social anxiety, unreasonable social fears, panic attack, agoraphobia, phobia|