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what is agoraphobia

  • by Alan Piper
  • 19 Jan, 2017

What is phobia

woman in lift looking scared

Agoraphobia is one of the most common fear-related illnesses, and anxiety support organisation No More Panic has estimated that it affects 1.5 million people in Britain.

So what are the symptoms of agoraphobia and is there a cure?

The common phobia affects millions of Brits – and can stop people from leaving their house

What is a phobia?

A phobia is described by the NHS as an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal.

They are more pronounced than fears and tend to develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger regarding a situation or object.

If a phobia becomes very severe, the person suffering may organise their life around avoiding the aspect that’s causing distress.

Symptoms of phobias

Typical symptoms associated with phobias can include:

  • Dizziness, trembling and increased heart rate
  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • A sense of unreality
  • Fear of dying
  • Preoccupation with the fear object
Being trapped in a large crowd, or busy public spaces, can trigger a variety of symptoms

What is agoraphobia?

The Oxford English Dictionary describes agoraphobia as an “extreme or irrational fear of open or public places”.

The term is easily confused with acrophobia, which is an extreme fear of heights.

Doctors coined the term in the late 19th century, merging the Greek words for assembly and phobia.

It manifests in different forms, with different patients complaining of fears of open spaces, public transport, packed shopping centres or being outside home in general.

This can lead to agrophobics avoiding leaving the house for long periods of time and trying to bypass areas that might be busy.

What are the symptoms of agoraphobia?

Cognitive reactions include suffering panic attacks, trembling or feelings of dread.

The NHS has also outlined the different physical symptoms of agoraphobia, which include…

  • rapid heartbeat
  • rapid breathing (hyperventilating)
  • feeling hot and sweaty
  • feeling sick
  • chest pain
  • difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • diarrhoea
  • trembling
  • dizziness
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • feeling faint

What causes agoraphobia?

Some theorists believe that agoraphobia is a result of evolution

Research on agoraphobia is still in its infancy and the exact cause of the condition is unknown.

Scientists have come up with a number of different theories on why this fear arises, including…

Substance induced: Drugs that trigger anxiety can contribute towards agoraphobia. This includes alcohol misuse, tobacco addiction and chronic use of tranquilisers.

Spatial theory: Some researchers have noticed that there are more cases of agoraphobia in busy cities. Urbanised areas that are packed with cars and people are more likely to induce the panicky symptoms.

Evolutionary psychology: Theorists have debated whether humans have adapted to instinctively try to find shelter when they’re in open spaces.

Is there a cure for agoraphobia?

Just like treating other phobias, curing fear often isn’t easy.

Cognitive behaviour therapy can be used to help sufferers change their unproductive thought patterns.

This allows them to distinguish that their intense fear is in their imagination.

Other treatment that is taken on by agoraphobic patients includes behaviour therapy, counselling and hypnosis.

In some cases, anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed to help relieve the stressful symptoms.

What celebrities have agoraphobia?

Miranda Hart opened up with her battle with agoraphobia during a candid interview

British comic Miranda Hart has openly spoken out about her battle with agoraphobia and anxiety as a young woman.

In an interview with the Guardian, she revealed that the condition had pushed her to go and live back with her parents when she was in her 20s.

Home Alone child star Macaulay Culkin has also self-diagnosed himself with the illness.

He told CNN: “It wasn’t like I went to a therapist and he said it. It’s just I realized – I started going outside, and it felt like the buildings were going to eat me.

“I didn’t even realize I wasn’t leaving the house a lot. I was just kind of, you know, there was always photographers in the bushes and things like that, and there was a lot of things out there that were trying to consume me.”

They’re not the first celebrities to suffer the effects of common phobias.

Megan Fox has aviophobia – a fear of flying – which undoubtedly affects her jetsetting lifestyle.

Victoria’s Secret model Kendall Jenner has also publicly spoken about her trypophobia, where sufferers find it difficult to look at clusters of holes.

For more information on how Hypnotherapy can resolve phobia call us at Wise Blue Owl Therapy Centre  01784 392449


source:  https://www.thesun.co.uk/living/2653698/what-agoraphobia-causes-symptoms-cures/

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Following on from just completing a very successful four-day corporate mindfulness event for a major branded corporation's, global leadership conference held near Heathrow, providing mindfulness sessions, from global CEO’s and vice presidents, to global managers, group and department managers, we would like to offer your company the same services.

We are a local small but effective therapy centre, with a wide range of experience and qualifications on mental and emotional health.

What we can offer:

Providing customised group mindfulness sessions for you and your employees, we can tailor make packages for? (the packages we offer):

·        CEO and senior executives.

·        Managers.

·        Employees.

Our single session courses include:

·        Advising your employees on stress and anxiety in the workplace.

·        Teaching your employees how to reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace.

·        Showing your employees some techniques that can reduce anxiety and stress in the workplace when it appears.

 

 

Benefits and outcomes of our courses:

·        Ensures that employees have an understanding of what triggers anxiety and stress.

·        Teaches employees how to deal with stress and anxiety in the workplace therefore increases the ability to deal with stress.

·        Teaches employees the triggers that generate anxiety and stress in the workplace.

·        Improves employees mental and emotional welfare.

·        Improves employee morale and therefore productivity.

·        Reduces employee absenteeism due to stress and anxiety related illnesses.

 

Our courses start from £100 per one hour session per group of employees.

 

·        We can tailor make them for small groups of 10 – 20 employees.

·        We can tailor make for larger groups of employees.

·        We (offer) can arrange them for the early morning, lunchtime or early evening sessions.

·        We can arrange them at your premises.

·        We can assist or arrange them off site.

 

For more information on how we may be able to help you. Please call Allan or Kate on  01784 392449  and we would be happy to discuss these sessions or other arrangements you may have of your own.


by Alan Piper 21 May, 2017
We are based in Ashford Surrey, Just 8 Mins from Heathrow Airport. For all your corporate and conference needs, call us on 01784392449
by Alan Piper 18 May, 2017

Alan Piper - HPA, DipNLP, MUFH, GHSC/GHR, DipCMT

I am Alan R Piper, a member of the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council and General Hypnotherapy Register. I also hold a diploma in neuro-linguistic programming and complete mind therapy.

I trained exclusively on a one-to-one basis with the late and most respected of clinical hypnotherapists Bob Neill. (Bob Neill was one of the forefathers of hypnotherapy and had studied, developed and practiced hypnotherapy since the 1950s up until his death in 2006).

Some of my qualifications and certifications include:
  • Diploma in Complete Mind Therapy - (CMT) Dip.C.M.T
  • Diploma in Neuro-linguistic programming - (NLP) Dip.N.L.P.
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy - HPA (Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association)
  • Philosophical Counselling Practitioner in Hypnotherapy Practitioners Association
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC)
  • Member of General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)

I am also a  Reiki  and Shamanic master specialising in panic disorders, stress, and anxiety. I am GHR and GHSC registered, following a strict code of ethics and practice (as part of membership conditions). I am fully insured with Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

If you are looking for a professional  hypnotherapist  or psychotherapist, simply get in touch with me. Based in Ashford, my services are easily available to those across the London and Surrey regions.

by Alan Piper 16 May, 2017

BODY SCAN

Begin by feeling into your body lying here.

Feeling the areas of contact at this moment.  Where your feet are touching the ground.  The legs, your back, the arms, the head.

Noticing your breath, entering and leaving your body.

The intention of the this is to be present with our body without wanting anything at all. Not even relaxation. Of course, it’s nice to relax and its great if it happens, but that is not the goal of the body scan. The goal is to be checking in with each area of the body in a non-judgmental way. We simply feel what is there to feel. No need to stir up sensations by moving the body.

You will notice that there are a number of areas in the body that you might not be able to feel at all. And that is normal and ok. Just check into those areas as if you could feel something.

Starting with the feet, feeling into both feet right now.

Feeling into the areas where your feet are touching the ground or chair.

Maybe feeling your toes – or not. Maybe feeling tingling or temperature.

Now moving the attention to your ankles and lower legs. What is here to feel – if anything at all? Pressure of your calves against the mat? Perhaps the fabric against the skin?

And if you notice that your attention is suddenly somewhere else, just gently returning it to your legs. It’s not a problem at all, the mind likes to wander.

If you find it helpful you can imagine that you are breathing into your lower legs. As if your attention could ride on the breath. Or as if your attention would light up the area like it was a flash light.

Now letting go of the lower legs and moving the attention to your knees and thighs, what do you feel, again maybe pressure, temperature, the position of your legs, or nothing at all, numbness counts as a sensation in this practice.

Noticing that thinking about an area or picturing it in your mind’s eye is different from actually feeling it.

Now letting go of the thighs and moving the attention to the lower trunk. The pelvis and the tummy up to the tummy button. Noticing any sensations in this area. Maybe feeling the breath in the tummy or maybe not.

Then letting go and now feeling into the upper trunk … the stomach area… the chest, feeling the sensations of the breath here… with each inhalation and exhalation.

Feeling the spine against the floor, noticing any sensations that are here or the absence of sensations.

From here now moving the attention into your hands. Feeling your hands, you might notice how well you can feel your hands without having to see the, feeling individual fingers/position of hands.

When you are ready, moving the attention to the wrists/forearms. What is here to feel? Touch/ Pressure: Warmth?

Moving attention to your elbows and upper arms. Noticing any sensations here. And if your mind wanders off, just bringing It back to wherever we are. Just starting again.

From here, moving the attention to your shoulders, back of your neck and then your head. Feeling into your jaw, face, mouth nose, cheeks, eyes, forehead, your entire face.

Now opening the awareness to include the entire body again, being alive, breathing.

If you like, imagining to be breathing from the crown of your head all the way down into your toes and up and out again.

Noticing all the sensations of the body and allowing them to be just as they are in this moment.

Allowing some movement back into the body, like wiggling your fingers and toes. Stretching the body. Coming all the way back into the room.

Just take a few moments to notice what sensations are present in your body right now observe the thoughts going through your mind and check in with the emotions of this moment.
by Alan Piper 16 May, 2017

Starting the Day

Starting your mindfulness right when you wake up requires taking stock of yourself. Hear the sounds outside, notice your breath, look around the room.

Dial your senses into the sensations you encounter as you shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast; all of the things that we do in the morning. Mindfulness incorporates a keen attention to the little details. Make your morning count, be present in it. Don’t think about that meeting at 11 or the presentation this afternoon. Taste the eggs and toast on your plate in front of you at this very moment. You are laying the groundwork for the rest of your day.



Arriving at Work

When you get to the office, don’t get distracted by the inevitable bombardment of information and distractions that are inherent in a workplace environment. Emails, files, voicemails, phone calls, your boss and co-workers, all of them provide continuous, multi-layered stimuli that can affect your mood from one minute to the next. Even the nature of the work that you’re tasked with completing can bring on large amounts of stress quickly.

But try not to get caught up in all of it. Stop periodically. Take a deep breath. Check in with all of your senses. Do some quiet meditations from time to time, it can take the form of a short walk to the break room, sitting upright quietly at your desk for a brief minute, or listening to a calming piece of music in a pair of earphones.                

Remaining centered throughout the day will go a long way towards improving your mood and productivity.



Stop and Think First

The fast-paced nature of a successful workplace can threaten to overwhelm anyone into a stressed rhythm. This may cause undue amounts of pressure and force us to react hastily. How you respond to things is a large part of practicing mindfulness in your daily life.      Being more conscious of your practice at work will probably take a greater commitment at first, but the more you remain aware of yourself and your surroundings the easier it will come.

Many of us tend to react quickly to stimuli, because we automatically feel that is the required action in certain situations. Instead, take pause and deal with the stimuli around you in measured answers. The same goes for solving difficult challenges and problems that might occur during the day. A crisis is not an excuse for you to stop being mindful, in fact it’s a call for you to focus on your training even harder.


The Little Things

Mindfulness comes at all times and in all things. It’s not only about staying in the present and focusing on your behavior when people or situations become intense, it’s also about noticing the minute details and remaining present in them constantly. The way you respond to stress starts in how you react to the little things.

Take pause and just notice the hum of the computer, the way the coffee tastes as you sip, re-read that email because you may have missed something the first time. Remain attentive in everything that you do. It will make the difference between having a good day at the office and one you’ll want to forget. Try it right now as you’re reading this article. Look around you. What do you see, hear, and feel?      

  These are the building blocks to becoming more mindful.


Research studies have found that people who practice mindfulness irrespective of whether they had practised meditation before or not reports:

Feeling less stressed, anxious and depressed, happier, inspired, satisfied with life.
by Alan Piper 09 May, 2017

Mindfulness coach near Heathrow Airport : 01784 392449

by Alan Piper 09 May, 2017

Mindfulness practitioners near Heathrow Airport:  01784 392449

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