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Agoraphobia Panic Attack

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia, one among the very few unknown phobias of the world, is a fear of traveling. Traveling or being in crowded places leads to suffocation or panic attacks. This fear can range from not being able to travel a few hours away from the home, all the way down to not being able to leave your home all together.  An agoraphobia panic attack is basically an attack that occurs when an agoraphobic attempts to go beyond their “safe” boundaries.

Dealing with Agoraphobia:

The best thing an agoraphobic can do to control their agoraphobia panic attacks, is to begin taking the initial steps. Setting goals to overcome their attacks is the only way an agoraphobic can overcome their fears.

The cause:

The reasons or causes for Agoraphobia are quite unknown, as it seems impossible to be inheritant. It is suspected that many agoraphobics already have fear for being afraid of travel, with many of them being the type who experienced motion sickness even before they ever experience panic attacks.

The truth behind it:

An Agoraphobia panic attack is particularly frustrating to the sufferer themselves.  Mainly because the attack is even less rational then a standard panic attack.

Why they experience a fear of traveling beyond a certain distance, or going to a certain place is unknown. But anyone of the numerous anxiety / panic disorders can take root and cause agoraphobia.

Social anxiety leads to a fear of public places, especially grocery stores, concerts and other places that have a large gathering of people.

On the other hand general panic disorder can cause the panic sufferer to become embarrassed of their own disorder. which leads to a fear of traveling outside and having a panic attack.

There are a very few people aware of this phobia. That makes it all the more difficult and embarrassing for the sufferer. Little or no knowledge of how to deal with Agoraphobics is one among the major reasons for their isolation.

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The lesser known Social Anxiety

What happens in anxiety?

Many people with anxiety experience symptoms of more than one type of anxiety condition, and may experience depression as well. It’s important to seek support early if you’re experiencing anxiety. Your symptoms may not go away on their own and if left untreated, they can start to take over your life.

Social anxiety

Socially anxious individuals cannot seem to relax and enjoy themselves while they are in public. These people think that other people are trying to evaluate them in some sort of way, being critical in what they do or say.

However, for people with social phobia performing in front of others and social situations can lead to intense anxiety. For example, the prospect of eating in front of others at a restaurant can be daunting for some people with social phobia.

Social phobia may occur in the lead up to or during in:

  • performance situations (such as have to give a speech or being watched while doing something at work)
  • situations involving social interaction (such as having a meal with friends, or making small talk).

Social phobia can also be specific; where people fear a specific situation or a few situations related to a specific fear (such as being assertive at work or with their friends).

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How common is social phobia in our country?

Research suggests that almost 11 per cent of the Indian population experiences social phobia during their lifetime, with just under 5  per cent experiencing social phobia in any 12-month period. More women than men appear to develop the disorder. The condition often starts in childhood or adolescence.

Treating social anxiety

Social phobia is treatable and seeking professional support is the first step to recovery. There are two main types of effective treatments for social phobia; psychological treatments will generally be the first line of treatment. In some severe cases, taking healthy food and changing lifestyle can also be effective.

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