If you or someone you know have a significant amount of anxiety when either having thoughts or being in areas where you are uncomfortable, you may have agoraphobia. Those with agoraphobia avoid situations in which they become anxious or overwhelmed. Some do not want to go outside or to places that cause them extreme anxiety. They may believe it is the fear of going outside that causes them anxiety, however, it is the fear of the anxiety that is even more overwhelming.
Some with agoraphobia live normal lives but avoid situations of which they feel out of control. Still others feel uncomfortable leaving their homes. They become emotionally overwhelmed and cannot imagine how they can work through the anxiety. They may fear the worse will happen, even death.
Those with agoraphobia may have a fear of choking on food to the point where they develop an eating disorder and refuse to eat certain types of food causing them to restrict. Agoraphobia affects both men and women and is often brought on after some form of trauma.
The fear is overwhelming and causes a person to believe they may be imagining things as they cannot control their anxiety. It is important to seek assistance from a mental health professional. Medication is not always used but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and (anti-anxiety) medications are a hopeful combination.
Some mental health facilities are treating those with agoraphobia and other forms of anxiety with phone counseling. CBT helps clients create healthy and emotionally safe ways to fight the debilitating feeling of anxiety to include log keeping and guided imagery. This technique can be used with phone counseling which provides a feeling of safety for those who find it to overwhelming to travel to an office. If you or someone you know suffers from extreme anxiety or have a fear of anxiety there is help available through local and non local organizations. Some mental health facilities who are able to assist you are www.feltontherapycenter.com and www.theravive.com.
I know it may sound unreasonable but I truly fear there will be no survival for me
I often think, ‘what if’ but cannot move forward in getting through the door
My family remains worried, I’ve lost my job, I cannot go out with my children
But I am so fearful of what will happen that I refuse to take any chances on ‘what if’
I am trembling as I hold the door knob, it has taken me three days to get to this point
Still I must try because I want to be free from my fears
I turn the handle and feel the sun on my face
I know I can do this and feel free again
..but not today, I will close the door and try again tomorrow
I know this is a step in the right direction,
One step at a time, one day at a time
Tackle one fear at a time.