Top 5 Best Ways To Deal With Agoraphobia

May 19, 2015

What is Agoraphobia?

The term agoraphobia literally means the fear of open spaces which also leads to a sudden feeling of impassiveness from others. Clinically it is an anxiety disorder where the feeling of helplessness, trapped and embarrassment in crowded areas, public or remote areas comes back at regular intervals or impulsive panic attacks without any warning. The people who have developed Agoraphobia feared leaving home or need a companion while going out.

Causes of Agoraphobia

Until now, there has been no authentic evidence of the reasons behind developing Agoraphobia or other panic disorders. Apparently, brain control over fear emotion, genetics and family history or environmental factors are said to be responsible for this panic disorder.

Agoraphobia Symptoms

A manifest of combinations including feelings, fear, and other physical symptoms that are associated with Agoraphobia are focused in on the following phobias;

  • Spending time alone phobia
  • Crowd phobia
  • Open space phobia
  • Death phobia

The Agoraphobic person experiences multiple feelings that include helplessness, objectivity from others, confrontation and feeling setup or trapped in. The panic attack comes with discomfort, fainting, pounding heart, difficulty in breathing, nausea, diarrhea, flushes and chills.

With this said, let’s get to the top 5 best ways to deal with Agoraphobia now.

  1. Speak up

Letting someone else drive for you can lead you to hopefully feeling less nervous. However the public transport also gives you chills and panic attacks so while you have crucial needs to get on a public transport, you must overcome your internal debate and speak up for a request to drive slowly. Tell the driver exactly what you want to do.

  1. Keep Trying

The need to hide out at home will lead you nowhere. You have to reinforce yourself to get out and have a life. If the idea keeps you horrified still, just try to open the front door, take a step out. Keep yourself motivated. It might take a whole lot of practicing, but keep exerting yourself to take the first step then second and so on. Sometimes the panic wins and other times you will be the winner.

  1. Counseling With Someone Who Also Had Agoraphobia

All panic disorders can be recovered with constant re-conditioning through an anxiety life coach. The more you talk about your feelings and situations, the better you feel. It helps in recovering and feeling better.

  1. Relationships

Loved ones can help in all phobic disorders. As a parent, doing something for kids gives a really comforting feeling while getting the courage to do what you hate the most. Eventually, an Agoraphobic parent will get out of his/her comfort zone as kids love trying new things and getting out for fun.

  1. Support Group

Join a Support Group of Agoraphobic People on the internet that provides solutions, and doesn’t keep you coping with Agoraphobia. Talking to people with similar conditions makes a huge difference. To make trips out at the same time, while staying connected to others with similar goals really motivates and breaks down boundaries together.

Have you overcome Agoraphobia in your life? Share your success stories in the comment section below.


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10 comments on “Top 5 Best Ways To Deal With Agoraphobia

  1. I freeze every time I go out and I try to go out but panic sets in so I go back home ive passed out quite a few times in shops ineed help

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  2. Thanks Dennis for expressing further this phobia. A well written article on handling and escaping from Agoraphobia

  3. Joseph Jul 30, 2015

    I had the same feeling of Agoraphobia in my childhood. I was very introvert and shy at that time. I fear to share my thoughts and opinion to others, I fear to alone or to go alone anywhere. Over the time and with the help of my family and friends I overcome my fear. As you described in your article, the main thing that help me is to speak up with others and joining support group nearby.

  4. Jeffery Mallman Feb 20, 2016

    My g/f had this when we first met. It seemed like anything larger than our bedroom or living room was too much for her to handle. Throw a bunch of people into the mix and you really had a bad situation. That is not as bad as it was, but I think it helped that I was with her now and she didn’t feel alone in that big space.

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  5. Chris Conry Sep 8, 2019

    I’m struggling with this terribly and no one seems to understand. Some days I just can not leave the house, I am in counseling, but I want the “old” me back! She had no fear!