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Agoraphobia

Individuals suffering from agoraphobia live in a constant state of fear. Their anxiety has progressed to the point that they’re cut off from most of the world, sometimes even being unable to leave their homes.

The mental health treatment program at Creative Care compassionately unearths the source of these anxieties and fears. We then teach Clients how to overcome them, gently guiding them out of their isolation into the light of a happy and fulfilling life. To learn more about the residential mental health treatment program, call us today.

Common Questions About Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which a person has developed a fear of places and situations that may make them feel trapped or helpless. It’s often the result of recurrent panic attacks which the individual has associated with a particular place or type of place. This fear is intense enough that it prevents them from carrying out routine daily tasks. For example, they may avoid the grocery store out of fear of the crowd or the open parking lot. In severe cases, some become house-bound.

All of the symptoms of agoraphobia are those of anxiety and fear. These can include fears of:

  • Leaving the home
  • Crowds
  • Public transportation
  • Open spaces such as parking lots and malls
  • Enclosed spaces like movie theaters, stores, and elevators

The anxieties about these spaces are always out of proportion to the actual dangers presented and are great enough to disrupt the individual’s life.

Biology and environment are the major factors in the development of agoraphobia. A personal or family history of panic attacks is a key indicator, particularly when the individual responds to these attacks with excessive fear. Trauma is another major risk factor and often holds the key to determining an individual’s triggers.

As frightening as agoraphobia can be, it is treatable. Talk-based methods like psychodynamic therapy and CBT-informed therapy are beneficial in getting to the root of the Client’s triggers. Additionally, group therapy also offers a chance to be around others and work on coping strategies in a safe, supportive environment. Finally, mindfulness techniques help Clients relax and realign the rational mind with physical responses.

Creative Care has over 30 years of experience helping individuals manage and overcome mental health conditions like generalized anxiety disorder. For compassionate, innovative treatment, call Creative Care today.