Phobia means ‘fear’. They are lots and lots in number, and new kinds are being discovered each day, because human mind is so complex, and each one of us is filled with one or the other phobia. Generally, we do not even acknowledge them as fear at all, because they are so common behaviours. Like fear of cockroaches, or lizards, it is so common, and often tagged as womanly fears, or getting scared when light goes off, these are very common, and we do not acknowledge them as problem, but each one is a kind of phobia, and has its causatives, and if treated properly, can ensure better mental health.
‘Agoraphobia’ is an anxiety disorder, where a person feels anxious in situations, which he feels is dangerous, or unsafe.
A place which has huge crowd like airports, market places, malls and theatres can make an agoraphobic, feel that he is unsafe there. Some danger can suddenly attack them.
This phobia is termed as a sub category of panic disorder, but evidences suggest, that implying a casual relationship between panic attack and Agoraphobia, is not so correct.
Symptoms of panic attack in applied situations, may include palpitation, rapid increase in heart rate, sweating or uncontrolled emotional behaviour. Severity may lead to vomiting, trembling, nausea and dizziness. Generally, such attacks last for 10 to 15 minutes, with maximum extent of 30 minutes.
Agoraphobia can be caused due to excessive stress, or as a side effect of some other disorder. A patient of agoraphobia, has low vestibular functioning rate, and depends mostly on visual cues. It can be caused due to high usage of sleeping pills as well.
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT?
- People try taking safety measures, for protecting themselves from danger. ‘Safety measures’ refer to the instinctive actions and behaviour that people generally do, thinking that can protect them from their illusionary danger. The unsafe part is in your mind, and panic cannot make you safer. ‘Safety’ itself is an illusion in this case, and a part of the problem itself. To overcome the problem or fear, first get rid of your safety measures.
- Do not avoid large open spaces. Try visiting more of malls, markets and airports, watch the flights soar. Avoiding these places will only deepen the fear within you.
- Acknowledging that the problem is in you, and not in the situation is important. Once you know, that airplanes, and airports are not actually dangerous, but the feeling of danger is a fear within you, you can take measures towards cure of this.
- Face your fear. Practice your phobic situation more often. Medical help can push you towards this goal, but it cannot instantly remove your fear. Be determined that you want to overcome your fear.
- Firstly, you should learn how to calm down when you have these panic attacks, control your senses, relax your nerves. Try it with your courage. (Each one of us, have some in us, don’t worry.)
- Do not use your car for saving a 2 min walk, because you have to cross the road. Walk down the crossing regularly, being alert and attentive to the traffic lights, so that you can follow the right signal for pedestrians. There is nothing to fear. Remember, no human being is going to intentionally hit you, for being jailed.
Once you recover yourself, you feel triumphant and that adds to your new mental health which is panic free, and outrageous to all environments.
Please feel free to ask questions and post comments.
Further reading: A new PHOBIA in Bollywood- Celebrities with different Phobias.