Are you unable to leave the house for fear that you will find yourself in an embarrassing, public or uncomfortable situation? Are you filled with anxiety at the idea of being away from home when a natural disaster or another traumatic event hits? Does leaving the house for any reason make you feel unsafe due to all the untold events that could befall you while you’re away? If so, agoraphobia could be the reason.
Leaving home for any reason is an ordeal for people with agoraphobia. Fear of getting stuck in public when a panic attack hits is too much to handle. As a result, agoraphobics often end up isolating themselves at home and rarely, if ever, leaving.
Getting the help you need to leave the house when you need and want to is not easy – but it’s well worth it. Contact us today to learn more.
3 Types of Phobias
A phobia is a deep and intense fear that you cannot shake off, stop or control. The three types are:
- Agoraphobia. A type of phobia all by itself, the fear of being outside is a common and treatable issue.
- Social phobias. These phobias involve anything that has to do with being in public or social situations.
- Specific phobias. If you have a phobia about one specific thing, place or situation (e.g., spiders or flying in airplanes) then you need treatment for a specific phobia.
Signs of Agoraphobia Vary From Person to Person
A class of phobia all by itself, a group of people who are diagnosed with agoraphobia may all have different symptoms. Some people fear being in specific places and having a panic attack. Some examples of places feared include:
- Shopping malls
- Being alone and trapped
- Being anywhere that is difficult to get out of
Those with agoraphobia may prefer to stay home rather than risk their fear coming true, depending on others to do their errands for them and avoiding work or appointments that would take them out of the house. The very thought of having to leave the house can lead to a panic attack and all the physical symptoms that come with it, including sweating, nausea, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, dizziness, etc.
When Do You Need a Doctor?
If agoraphobia is stopping you from leaving the house for appointments or to run errands, if you feel helpless or if you have designated a handful of places as safe enough for you to go to, then it’s time to seek treatment. Making the first phone call may be the most difficult thing you’ve done in a long time, but the effects of treatment and the freedom you experience will be well worth the effort. Call now.
Getting the Help You Need to Heal
Feeling like a prisoner in your own home is difficult but being brave enough to begin the process of treatment can be even harder. It is believed that phobias go underreported because patients are too scared to face their fears and get treatment. Getting treatment for agoraphobia is similar to getting treatment for panic disorder. Contact us at the phone number listed above to learn more about what you can expect from the best luxury mental health treatment facility, and take responsibility for your freedom, your future and your life.