Agoraphobia: fear of crowds or fear of open spaces?

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.
Neither per se. A common misperception about agoraphobia is that it is a fear of open spaces or crowds. Agoraphobia is actually a fear of places or situations where escape is perceived to be difficult in the event of having a panic attack. In other words, places are avoided due to "what if I get there and have a panic attack?! no one can help me! ".
Agoraphobia. Both crowds or open spaces can be major parts of agoraphobia.

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BF has agoraphobia & fear of manikins? On Valium as needed. Older & to stubborn to go to therapy. Any way I can help, and will he get worse over time

You can tell him. Him the harmful impact of his untreated anxiety disorder on your relationship, daily functioning & quality of life & offer to accompany him to see a psychiatrist & psychiatrist for treatment. If he is unable to face his fears, then you have to decide if the relationship is worth the constraints on your life. See http://www. Adaa. Org/understanding-anxiety/panic-disorder-agoraphobia.
Common problem. He probably wont get worse or better. Getting him to see somebody out of town might be a good idea. He might see a specialist If its an hour up the road (Huntington WV) or in Northeastern Tennessee. PRN Vailum is not the way to go. Cognitive behavioral therapy works best. His loss of freedom is yours as well (when is the last time the two of you went to the mall together?) Keep trying!

Homicidal and suicidal thoughts, people I recognise but haven't met yell at me, paranoid, agoraphobia, and other weird fears?

Major Depression. You are a Precious Human Being! I feel empathy for your emotional pain possibly due to Traumatic experiences in life causing these symptoms. You were born with Wonder of Life Force giving you Breath of Life; due to which you have lived for 16 years and are still alive. You deserve Healing. Call 911 for ER, or ask a close family member or friend take you to ER, and call Suicide and Crisis center.

I have Panic Disorder with agoraphobia (got feared during MRI), taking Clonazepam 0.5 mg 3 times a day. Is it safe to take Clonazepam for long time?

It's not best RX. The best treatment for panic disorder is to prevent attacks with a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant drugs, particularly SSRI/SNRI's like sertraline, citalopram, venlafaxine (and many others). Benzodiazepines produce tolerance, and over time the dose may need to be increased, and if they are stopped suddenly, a severe withdrawal can happen. Use of SSRIs regularly&benzos for attacks.

I suffer from agoraphobia (fear of needles) at the dentist. I heard of lidocaine spray and gel. Do they work the same as the injection? I need help...

Topical products. The topical Lidocaine is used to anesthetize the soft tissue before the injection to minimize if not eliminate the pinch of the needle. Your dentist may also use nitrous oxide or oral sedation before your visit to help alleviate your anxiety. Feel better soon.
Not as good. Talk to your dentist about IV sedation. If your dentist doesn't do this ask for a referral.
The spray wil. Minimize the pain from the injection. They will still give u both. Try these technique to ease the fear- before they give u the shot, imagine a lovely scenery, do slow deep breathing and hold your breath just before they give u the injection. Bless u!
Some clarification. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help. Fear of needles is known as needle phobia or trypanophobia. The spray & gel are topical anesthetics and numb the area somewhat but not as profoundly as an injection. They are generally used prior to the injection.
ATT & Exposure Tx. 3-5% of population estimated 2 have a needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it's poorly understood & prevents many from seeking medical/dental care. It's unlike other phobias: they generally cause heart rate & BP 2 rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP 2 fall + fainting. Learn applied tension technique: http://bit. Ly/11imvmd a clinical psychologist doing exposure tx can help.
CBT. Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Phobia. Behavior modification techniques of gradual exposure thru imagery, with desensitization.

How to get over a fear of crowds?

Treat agoraphobia. Consult with a psychologist competent in treating agoraphobia with a cognitive-behavioral approach. Try and find someone who uses a structured step by step treatment program. You will be trained to master techniques that will help you manage your anxiety and re-establish your sense of control.
CBT. Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

What is it called if fear of crowds?

Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is thought of as a fear of public places or crowds. One feels out of control in crowded places with ever increasing anxiety often leading to a panic attack. The logical consequence of this anxiety is to avoid such places and gradually one's world becomes smaller and smaller, even to the point of never leaving home. It can be a devastating illness, but there is treatment. Seek help.
Agoraphobia. Both. The greek translation is fear of the marketplace.

How do I get over this fear of crowds?

Therapy. Talk to a therapist; various approaches are very helpful in resolving fear of crowds, including cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt). Might also wanna look into emotional freedom techniques (eft). The latter is a self help technique also known as tapping. Check it out on you tube! Let me know how you fare, or if you need further assistance.

How to get over a fear of crowds when I am the speaker?

Practice a lot. Public speaking is difficult if you are shy, or unsure of the topic or material that is being presented. Practice in front of a mirror, or a familiar person first, carry notes in case you "get stuck", and pick one person out of your audience to address with eye contact which will "eliminate the crowd" and ease the anxiety..
CBT. Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.