Doctor insights on:
Is There A Big Link Between Agoraphobia And Alcoholism
Possibly: Alcoholism is a disease, agoraphibia is an anxiety disorder. Not everyone with alcoholism has agoraphobia and vis-versa. Many people with alcoholism have an anxiety disorder, so there is a link between the two. Both problems need to be addressed for successful recovery. Treating agoriphobia alone without getting help for the alcoholism will unlikely be successful. ...Read more
Yes: Try this: http://sbirt. Ireta. Org/sbirt/clinical_tools. Htm.Get a more detailed answer ›
Find a psychologist: Or counselor who treats anxiety. The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind & accept uncertainty is the key. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation. Check www. Bcia. Org and www. Aapb. Org for qualified professionals. ...Read more
Agoraphobia: The more we reinforce something the stronger it becomes. Avoiding social situations brings the illusion of relief and reinforces it. See a mental help professional, perhaps through HT. He/she can help you develop a gradual plan to overcome this and perhaps a friend can help you implement it. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Recommend Therapy.: Cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure can be helpful. Psychiatric medications are sometimes indicated as well. ...Read more
Unknown: Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, especially crowded ones. In severe cases patients are unable to leave home. It is often associated with panic disorder. The causes are unknown, probably a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It CAN be treated with proper psychotherapy however, with supporting medications, but an experienced therapist and a long treatment time are needed. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, both can occur. Monophobia is fear of being alone. Agorophobia is fear of being in a situation from which one cannot escape, at it's worst fear of being away from home, in open places, in crowds. ...Read more
I commend you for your desire to get help for Your Alcoholism.
Let Wise Person within you ask:
•Duration of Alcoholism?
•Effect on marriage, relationships, work, and finances?
•Conviction to overcome Alcoholism; and reasons for it?
See a Psychiatrist for
•Therapy to understand use of Alcohol and its effects,
•To learn coping skills to deal with stresses of life
•Attend AA Meetings regularly ...Read more
Panic & agoraphobia: Panic disorder with agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder. In it there are discrete episodes of intense fear peaking within 10 min and dissipating within 30 min. Also there is fear of situations which might be hard to escape or where help may not be available --also fear of crowds, bridges & being outside alone. Panic includes physical sx like shortness of breath, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. ...Read more
Like other diseases, alcoholism has strong genetic links- moral weakness does not. Like diabetes, alcoholism requires lifestyle changes, commitment to an entire pattern of living, and sometimes involves the entire family.
Alcoholism is a sometimes relapsing brain disease for which successful treatment has been found. Approaches tailored to each patient save lives. Chronic means no quick fix. ...Read more
Stay active: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more
Fear of both: Agoraphobia was initially characterized as a fear of open spaces. Currently, it is an anxiety disorder where a sufferer is afraid of difficult, or embarrassing situations from which he cannot escape, or obtain enough assistance or reassurance to feel secure. It is often related to panic disorder where the sufferer may be so fearful of panic attacks to the point of becoming unable to leave home. ...Read more
The following cause or are associated with Alcoholism:: Esophageal varices, Reactive attachment disorder.Get a more detailed answer ›
Agoraphobia: Both. The greek translation is fear of the marketplace. ...Read more
Misuse: Alcoholism by definition refers to misuse or abuse of alcohol. Since the legal age for drinking in most states is 21, any use of alcohol by a teen would be considered abuse. Even though it is and always has been a common occurence it is still abuse. Frequent use, minimizing use, or inability to control the amount used are signs that abuse/alcoholism may persist into adulthood. ...Read more
It helps but...: For short periods, it can help, but for agoraphobia, if your outside, you may find yourself needing more and more and becoming addicted and dependent. Ssris and other antidepressants can be helpful for agoraphobia, and are not habit forming. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful as well for a psychotherapeutic treatment of agoraphobia. ...Read more
Suggest treatment: Why are you dealing with someone else's problem? How does it affect you? I'm wondering if you're agreeing to run errands for your roommate, who doesn't like to leave home. If your roommate has a mental health problem that interferes with daily life, professional treatment is a good idea. "benzo withdrawal" refers to symptoms of benzodiazepine (anti-anxiety med) withdrawal. ...Read more
It hurts both ways: Codependency can "encourage" alcohol abuse in another by softening the consequences of excessive drinking. In that sense, it gives the person false "readings" about the seriousness of their problem. For the alcohol abuser, staking your self-worth/happiness on the opinions of others sets you up for disappointment that can trigger increased drinking when they don't respond as desired. ...Read more