Hypnotherapy Treatment for Fear of Panic Attacks

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Hypnotherapy Treatment for fear of panic attacks – Agoraphobia

At Well-being Hypnotherapy & Mindfulness we can help you to resolve your agoraphobia – fear of panic attacks with Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness-based Therapy. The essence of agoraphobia is actually a fear of panic attacks. Sufferers of agoraphobia are afraid of any situation from which escape might be difficult – or fear help might be unavailable – if you suddenly had a panic attack.

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If you suffer from agoraphobia you may avoid, shops, public transport and crowds, not because of their inbuilt features but because these are situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing. Your fear of embarrassment plays an important part of your agoraphobia. People who have this problem are afraid of having panic attacks but what other people will think”, should they be seen having a panic attack.

It is common for the agoraphobic to avoid a variety of situations. Some of the more common ones include :

  • Crowded public places such as grocery stores, department stores and restaurants
  • Enclosed or confined places such as tunnels, bridges, or the hairdresser’s chair
  • Public transport such as trains, buses, subways or planes
  • Being away from home alone

Perhaps the most common feature of this problem is anxiety about being far away from home or, far from a “safe person” (usually your spouse, partner, a parent, or anyone to whom you have an attachment).

You may completely avoid driving alone or, may be afraid of driving alone beyond a certain short distance from home. In more severe cases, you might be able to walk alone only a few yards from your home or, you might be housebound altogether.

If you have agoraphobia, you are not only phobic about a variety of situations but tend to be anxious much of the time. This anxiety arises from anticipating that you might be stuck in a situation in which you would panic. What would happen, for example, if you were asked to go somewhere you ordinarily avoid and have to explain your way out of it? Or what would happen if you were suddenly left alone?

Because of the sever restrictions in your activities and life, you may be depressed. Depression arises from feeling in the grip of a condition over which you have no control or that you are powerless to change.

Agoraphobia, in most cases, appears to be engendered by panic disorder. At first you simply have panic attacks that occur for no apparent reason (panic disorder). After a while though, you become aware that your attacks occur more frequently in confined situations away from home or when you are by yourself. You begin to feel afraid of these situations. At the point where you actually start to avoid these situations for fear of panicking, you’ve started to develop agoraphobia.

From that point you might go on to develop a mild, moderate, or severe problem. In a mild case, you might feel uncomfortable in confined situations but not actually avoid them. You continue to work or shop on your own but do not want to go far from home.

In a moderate case, you might start to avoid some situations, such as public transport, elevators, or being in restaurants. However, your restriction is only partial, and there are certain situations away from home or your safe person that you can handle on your own, even with some discomfort.

Severe agoraphobia is marked by an all-inclusive restriction of activities to the point where you are unable to leave your house without being accompanied.

Just why some people with panic attacks develop agoraphobia and others do not is unknown at this time. (There are a few people who develop agoraphobia without any panic attacks). Nor is it understood why some people develop much more severe cases than others. What is known is that agoraphobia is caused by a combination of heredity and environment.

Agoraphobics may have a parent, sibling, or other relatives who also have the problem. When one of twins is agoraphobic, the other has a high likelihood of being agoraphobic too. On the environmental side, there are certain types of childhood circumstances that influence a child to agoraphobia.

These include growing up with parents who are;

1. perfectionists and over critical

2. over protective and/or

3. overly anxious to the point of communicating to their child that the world is a dangerous place

Agoraphobia affects people in all walks of life and at all levels of their social scale. Approximately 80% of agoraphobics are women, although the percentage has been dropping recently. It is possible to speculate that as women are increasingly expected to hold down full-time jobs (making a housebound lifestyle less socially acceptable), the percentage of women and men with agoraphobia may tend to equalize.

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Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.



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