Agoraphobia is more than just a fear of open or public places. It is a fear of being in situations in which it may be difficult to escape or to get help should things happen to go wrong. Symptoms of agoraphobia are similar to those of a panic attack, and there is some evidence that there is a causal relationship between the two.
A person with agoraphobia may fear such everyday activities as leaving home, visiting crowded public places or travelling on public transport. He or she will either avoid them, or endure high levels of distress and anxiety when faced with them. Symptoms could include a racing heart rate, chest pain, shortness-of-breath, dizziness and shaking. The person may have difficulty in swallowing and be scared that he or she is about to faint, get sick or suffer a heart attack.
Hypnotherapy, and its related disciplines, can be an effective treatment. The work we will do together will enable you to develop more appropriate ways of seeing the situations you face, as well as more appropriate ways of responding to them, both practically and emotionally. Because phobias are largely created by your particular style of thinking, you will find that you have the ability to make the changes necessary to take back control of your life – and to do so safely and without the use of drugs.
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Read about your fight-or-flight response in this page on emotions.
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