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Medicine For Agoraphobia
I have agoraphobia, I am on Zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg per day from last 2 years. Condition is getting worse, have severe insomnia too. Guide me for medicine plz?
Agoraphobia was considered part of Panic Disorder but now is considered a separate illness, although frequently accompanied by panic attacks. It is fear of being incapacitated in certain situations and avoidance of such situations or having severe anxiety about them.
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Find a psychologist: Or counselor/therapist 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 (www. Bcia. Org and www. Aapb. Org). ...Read more
Exposure Therapy!: If u learn 2 avoid what u fear & u have many fears, your life can get very restricted. Facing your fears using systematic method -esp Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy- is powerful. Watch a skilled anxiety expert guide someone face her fears (exposure), while helping her become aware of AND change the thoughts feeding the avoidance behaviors (cognitive therapy component): http://youtu. Be/wE5F-FjbTRk ...Read more
Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia often is art of panic disorder. Agoraphobia is the fear of being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or in which help might not be available in the event of a panic attack. Those suffering from agoraphobia try to avoid being in public, crowded places, or traveling by public transport. If untreated, those with agoraphobia may stop leaving from their house at all. ...Read more
Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is technically "fear of open spaces." more often, it's fear of situations you think might cause you to panic. It often happens in people who have panic disorder, who fear leaving their homes lest they have a panic attack. These people find it hard to feel safe in any public place, especially those which are crowded or where exit would be difficult. See a psychiatrist about yourself. ...Read more
Isolation: Agoraphobia is a fear of being outside a "safe" environment usually due to panic attacks. In severe cases, someone can become completely house bound, because they are afraid they will have a panic attack. Panic attacks may occur for no reason, but are generally borne out of extreme anxiety or fear. By definition, a panic attack includes physical symptoms. ...Read more
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
Fear of panic attack: Experts are not completely sure what the exact causes of agoraphobia are. Most believe that they are a result of physical and/or psychological factors. People with agoraphobia often fear having a panic attack in public and not being able to get to safety. Fear of embarassment is often a factor in agoraphobia, leading to staying home rather then out and about. ...Read more
Recommend Therapy.: Cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure can be helpful. Psychiatric medications are sometimes indicated as well. ...Read more
Patience and support: Be patient and do not try to force the person with this phobia. Realize that with time and the right help they can get better. Yor patience and support is what they need for the time being. ...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
The brain makes connections between the past and the present that you mightn't expect. Psychiatrists work with that kind of thing. Meds & therapy can make a major difference.
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Agoraphobia: Yes indeed, refer to my answer above. ...Read more
Fear No Escape: Agoraphobia is a fear of being unable to escape a situation in the event of a panic attack. People who suffer from panic disorder with agoraphobia often avoid crowds, wide-open environments, confined spaces, or travel. Exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring are the best treatments since they target the panic attacks directly related to agoraphobia. Adjunctive medications can also be helpful. ...Read more
As said: As dr ali said no medication cures it but you can help treat it. Start by seeing a psychiatrist who can put you on medications to help treat some of your symptoms then guide you in the right direction. Then see a therapist who can provide behavioral modification techniques and therapy. You can also find self help books on amazon to help yourself. Eventually with appropriate treatment it can better. ...Read more
Agoraphobia: This usually occurs in the context of panic disorder, characterized by sudden attacks of intense fear that trigger severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. This can become associated with certain locations and situations -- such that the person becomes afraid of leaving his/her house. This is agoraphobia, technically "fear of open spaces.". ...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
CBT/Relaxation: This trip may be an excellent exercise in lessening your agoraphobia if you are able to approach it with the right tools. Attending even 2-3 sessions of counseling focused on cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques may be enough to prepare you for coping with the anxiety and getting the most out of your trip. Good luck! ...Read more
I have agoraphobia, no life on the outside, scared it will start to eat me and my boyfriend apart?
Seek psychotherapy: I would encourage you to find a good psychologist to help you overcome your agoraphobia so that you can start living a fuller life. Cognitive behavioral techniques (progressive desensitizations) can be very helpful although at times there is also a need for some insight oriented therapy as well if the agoraphobia is related to any early traumatic experiences. Couples therapy may help as well. ...Read more