Educate yourself – One of the challenges of overcoming agoraphobia is learning to correct your irrational thoughts of certain environments being unsafe with no easy way to escape. Learning how to respond to the anticipatory anxiety of entering open and closed spaces can help you manage fear and worry.
Find support – Millions of Americans suffer from a specific phobia, so take some time to check out what support is available to you in your community. In-person and online support groups can be an encouraging force in the lives of people who want to manage their anxiety about leaving their home and entering open or closed spaces. Also, do not feel embarrassed to tell friends and family about your phobia and how they can support you in your treatment.
Recruit a professional – If you find yourself avoiding open or crowded spaces because they make you anxious, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Your fear might seem manageable now, but avoiding spaces over time will only reinforce your anxiety and worry. You don’t have to let fear interfere with the life you want to lead and keep you from the places you want to go. Take the first step today, and recruit someone who can get you started on finding the right treatment for you.
If you think you or someone you care about may be suffering from agoraphobia, anxiety, or any other mental health condition, PsyCom strongly recommends that you seek help from a mental health professional in order to receive a proper diagnosis and support. We have compiled a list of resources (some even offer free or low-cost support) where you may be able to find additional help at https://www.psycom.net/get-help-mental-health.