Avoidance behaviors may seem logical at first, but they can also prevent you from experiencing many different experiences. Panic and escape can prevent you from attending social gatherings or taking long distances. In addition, avoid avoidance behaviors increases anxiety and increase the fears of certain places or situations. Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you feel fear and avoid places or situations where you feel panicked and feel trapped, helpless or ashamed. You are afraid of a real or foreseeable situation, for example, Public transportation, in open or closed spaces, in a row or in a crowd.
Fear is caused by when they feel there is no easy way to escape or get help. Most people with agoraphobia develop it after one or more panic attacks, worrying them about another attack and avoiding places where they felt insecure. People with agoraphobia often have trouble feeling safe in a public place, especially when crowds gather. They may need a partner, family member or friend to take them to public places. The fear can be so overwhelming that you may not be able to leave the house. The treatment of agoraphobia can be a challenge because it usually means coping with your fears. With psychotherapy and medications, you can escape from the trap of agoraphobia and live a more comfortable life.
Some genetic and environmental factors or previous mishap of early age may be the cause of this disorder.
This mental disorder is manifested by
- Fear of being unsafe
- Panic attacks
- Avoidances from social gatherings
It can be managed by proper counseling like cognitive behavioral therapy and medication