Left untreated panic attacks occurring on a regular basis can develop into agoraphobia. It is one of the reasons why it is good to seek treatment as early as possible.
Agoraphobia kicks in when a person suffering for panic attacks starts to worry about having one in a public place where they are unable to hide the effects of it from others. It may be a place they cannot easily escape from, or where people may easily notice them. (“Free Yourself From Panic Attacks – Health Reversal”) Approximately thirty percent of panic attack sufferers develop agoraphobia.
Are you at risk of developing agoraphobia? If you have experienced some of the following symptoms, it is advisable to have a chat to your doctor about whether agoraphobia is a potential problem for you.
Agoraphobics are afraid of the following:
*Being in an open place. You feel exposed and vulnerable when you do not have clearly defined physical boundaries.
* Entering public places, going shopping or being part of a crowd. It can almost feel the adverse of agoraphobic with a sense that everything is closing in and feeling stifling. Escape is the only thing you want. (“Free Yourself from Panic Attacks”)
*Traveling in planes, busses, and trains where you are part of the crowd. (“Free Yourself From Panic Attacks – Health Reversal”)
*Being in a lift or on a bridge. Anything that cannot be escaped from easily.
*A café, movie theatre or restaurant that you cannot walk out of whenever you want to. (“Free Yourself from Panic Attacks”)
*Any location that is unfamiliar and different. Many agoraphobics become virtual recluses, preferring to stay at home where everything is more easily controlled. (“Free Yourself from Panic Attacks”)
People who suffer from panic attacks can also develop other phobias or OCD. These fears are developed when your mind naturally wants to avoid those foods or types of exercise or behaviors that you feel may be setting your panic attacks off. This in turn creates a greater likelihood of fresh panic attacks if you are placed in front of these stimuli.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehab Specialist
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