Overcoming Agoraphobia With Confidence
This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.
Most people have felt slightly anxious in a crowded room with hundreds of people, but when does this anxiety become a problem? There is a big difference between being nervous and having a phobia.
For many people, going into a crowded room with anxiety feels like a physical problem. This fear can turn into a phobia known as agoraphobia. Learn more about agoraphobia and how to overcome it with confidence!
What is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is the fear of having a panic attack or debilitating symptoms in a crowded or enclosed area. Someone with agoraphobia may worry about having to travel or being in an area where escaping is difficult. For example, a train, airplane, stadium, in a line, small room, etc.
Someone living with agoraphobia may feel uncomfortable and unsafe in areas outside of their home. They may worry about having a panic attack and being unable to seek refuge. People who experience agoraphobia symptoms may lack the confidence they need to adventure from their “safe zones”.
In summary, agoraphobia is an intense fear of being in a crowded, enclosed area where feelings of panic may occur. Someone with this phobia will feel uncomfortable going into these situations without an escape route or a person to aid them in managing their symptoms.
If you need more information about phobias and how to treat them, look into BetterHelp, a website created for your mental health concerns.
How to Overcome Your Fear With Confidence
Talk to a Licensed Professional
Talking to a therapist, doctor, or counselor is one of the best things you can do to kickstart your recovery. The most common form of therapy for addressing various phobias is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy creates a space where you can feel comfortable and safe to discuss your thoughts and feelings. A therapist will teach you effective methods for managing your symptoms. Once you learn how to manage your symptoms, you can get your confidence back!
Techniques to Alleviate Anxiety
Some techniques that you may learn from your therapist are breathing practices and meditation. Breathing techniques are good to know because they can help you manage your symptoms as they occur. Deep breathing has been proven to calm your nerves, slow your heart rate, and stop panic attacks from occurring. Alleviating anxiety can help you get the confidence you need to approach your fear head-on.
Lastly, medication is also a viable option for those living with agoraphobia. Some medications may include antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. Doctors will decide if medication is the route for you after discussing your symptoms and experiences with past medications.