Imprisoned by Fear
Agoraphobia is extremely complex, it isn’t just a fear of going outside. Generally, a person may feel imprisoned by fear, the world outside may become challenging.
Agoraphobia is a mental health condition where people avoid situations that may cause them to panic or feel trapped.
This can include situations where a person feels they are not able to escape easily:
- Travelling on public transport
- Public speaking
- Eating in Restaurants
- Lectures, Cinema & Concerts
- Large Events
- Job interviews
- Exercise classes
Fearing Fear itself….
Agoraphobia often develops as a result of generalised anxiety occurring in certain situations. Whether there is a real reason to panic or not, feelings of imminent danger will cause a person to seek escape to a place of safety. They may experience:
- A rapid heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- Dizziness or lightheaded feelings
- Inability to focus
Following an experience, the sufferer may conclude that certain situations or environments must be avoided in future. A cycle of fearing fear may develop.
This can lead to long term problems, loss of peers, reduced employment opportunities, lifestyle restrictions and poor health in general.
To understand more about panic attacks, the symptoms are outlined in The ME Project’s previous article”Gripped in the cycle of Panic”.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, there are ways in which these can be managed. Contact us at The ME Project to book a free consultation with one of the team.