Feature Anxiety-Related Disorder - Agoraphobia

Monday, January 30, 2017

In each issue of Strides, we try to highlight one anxiety-related disorder, in the hopes that we shed some light on a disorder that may not be very well-known by the general public. In this issue, we are going to feature Agoraphobia – what it is and what someone with Agoraphobia can do to get help.


What is Agoraphobia?


Adults with Agoraphobia avoid situations where they think they will not be able to escape or find help. They avoid these situations due to fear of having a panic attack or other anxiety-related feelings. What types of situations will people with Agoraphobia avoid? They may avoid using public transportation, such as a train, bus, or car. They may avoid being in small spaces, such as elevators and tunnels. They may also avoid being outside of the home alone. They may fear a certain situation because they feel that it will be embarrassing to leave the situation and not that they will be unable to leave, for example, an elevator. Once someone with agoraphobia begins avoiding certain situations they often find themselves avoiding more and more situations until they are avoiding almost everything. 


What can someone with Agoraphobia do to help his or her symptoms?


The first step is to learn about what is happening to your body when you are feeling anxious. The next step is to understand agoraphobia and why you feel the way you do about certain situations. Once you have educated yourself on anxiety and agoraphobia, you are ready to begin managing your agoraphobia by building a toolbox of strategies to manage your anxiety. Click here to learn how you can build your Agoraphobia Toolbox.

For more information on Agoraphobia, visit https://www.anxietybc.com/adults/agoraphobia. If you or someone you know would like more information on treatment, visit https://www.anxietybc.com/treatment