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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/

Hypnotherapy in Ashford,Staines,Sunbury,Chiswick

by Alan Piper 26 Mar, 2017

Our Teenage Programme.

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by Alan Piper 24 Mar, 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 24 Mar, 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 24 Mar, 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 24 Mar, 2017
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by Alan Piper 23 Mar, 2017
Our weight management services offers a final solution for sensible,long term weight management which includes a 6 week weight management programme where, the employees will learn everything they need to know to lose weight steadily and healthily. For more information Call Kate on 01784 392449
by Alan Piper 20 Mar, 2017
Our Anxiety Management services for businesses are designed to help employees successfully meet their responsibilities,reduce long term sickness absence for employees suffering stress and anxiety,support your teams manage customer relationships and meet targets confidently and professionally.


by Alan Piper 20 Mar, 2017
Our Anxiety Management services for businesses are designed to help employees successfully meet their responsibilities,reduce long term sickness absence for employees suffering stress and anxiety,support your teams manage customer relationships and meet targets confidently and professionally.
by Alan Piper 18 Mar, 2017
by Alan Piper 18 Mar, 2017
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