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Agoraphobia often, but not always, coincides with Panic Disorder.
Agoraphobia is characterized by a fear of having a panic attack
in a place from which escape is difficult. Many sufferers
refuse to leave their homes, often for years at a time. Others
develop a fixed route, or territory, from which they cannot
deviate, for example the route between home and work. It becomes
impossible for these people to travel beyond what they consider
to be their safety zones without suffering severe anxiety.
The term agoraphobia has been widely misunderstood. Its literal definition suggests a fear of "open spacers". However, this is an incomplete and misleading view. Agoraphobics are not necessarily afraid of open spacers. Rather, they are afraid of having panicky feelings, wherever. these fearful feelings may occur. For many, they happen at home, in houses of worship, or in crowded supermarkets, places that are certainly not "open".
In fact, agoraphobia is a condition which develops when a person begins to avoid spacers or situations associated with anxiety. Typical "phobic situations" might include driving, shopping, crowded places, traveling, standing in line, being alone, meetings and social gatherings.
Agoraphobia arises; from an internal anxiety condition that has become so intense that the suffering individual fears going anywhere or doing anything where these feelings of panic have repeatedly occurred before. Once the panic attacks have started, these episodes become the ongoing stress, even when other more obvious pressures have diminished. This sets up a "feedback condition" which generally leads to increased numbers of panic attacks and, for some people, an increase in the situations or events which can produce panicky feelings. Others experience fearful feelings continuously, more a feeling of overall. discomfort, rather than panic.
A person may fear having anxiety attacks, "losing control", or embarrassing him/herself in such situations. Many people remain in a painful state of anxious anticipation because of these fears. Some become restricted or "housebound" while others function "normally" but with great difficulty, often attempting to hide their discomfort.
Agoraphobia, then, is both a severe anxiety condition and a phobia, as well as a pattern of avoidant behavior
Self Hypnosis retrains the brain to understand that these
situations are actually safe, and that it does not need to
generate anxiety responses. Although medication is often prescribed
as agoraphobia treatment, detraumatisation and relaxation
is what is required.
Hypnosis is so effective for doing this because it keeps the mind calm and relaxed while reviewing the difficult situations or experiences, so teaching the mind to respond differently.
As this happens, you will begin to feel differently about the prospect of situations that used to be frightening, until actually going back into them is a realistic prospect.
This is not an 'overnight cure' of course, but can be a great
self help tool for curing agoraphobia, especially when used
repeatedly over time. Hypnosis is
a powerful, effective and 100% natural part of you...
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