Whilst Agoraphobia is considered a separate Anxiety Disorder to Specific phobia for diagnostic purposes, you will benefit enormously from reading that section as well as this. Often bundled with claustrophobia, the distinction is that agoraphobia is a fear of ‘open’ spaces whilst claustrophobia is a fear of ‘enclosed’ or narrow spaces. Both carry with them a fear of being unable to escape. The fear of flying whilst classified as a Specific phobia can also come under the umbrella of claustrophobia when it involves (as it usually does), the fear of being unable to escape.
Agoraphobia is classified in the DSM-5, as an Anxiety Disorder with a specific set of diagnostic criteria. It is characterized by a disproportionate fear of public places, with the sufferer viewing them as too open, crowded or dangerous. Best known as a fear of open spaces, it reflects a much broader condition. It can apply to those who struggle with situations, such as leaving the house, using public transport or standing in line. These situations are avoided, or endured with great distress, often with the fear of being unable to cope (helpless) and having a panic attack. Symptoms that can manifest are those of distress and panic, disrupting their daily life.
Agoraphobia is one of those phobias, which is strongly associated with childhood trauma, often separation anxiety. Whilst clients may be unaware of having suffered from some form of childhood trauma such as separation anxiety, the trauma can be identified, acknowledged through tools such as hypnoanalysis and then the trauma can be cleared with other hypnotherapeutic tools and methodologies globally recognised as effective for this phobia.
Online Agoraphobia Program
The availability of an online program for agoraphobia, is the answer to those fearful of stepping out of the home – a situation aggravated when a partner, family member or friend, is unable to take the agoraphobic individual for therapy. This program uses an integrated hypnotherapeutic approach, developed by Sonia over the years, which is effective for all Anxiety Disorders. This is because this integrated approach focuses on the commonalities of Anxiety Disorders and brings together the techniques and methodologies that have proven to be the most effective for these Disorders, over the years.
This integrated hypnotherapeutic approach, provides clients with permanent freedom from agoraphobia. If you have specific questions about this approach and you are not a clinician, please contact us.
Clinicians may download (free) from the Practitioner Portal Sonia’s clinical paper (published 2018) on her integrated approach.