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What is It like to be Agoraphobic?


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Agora comes from the Greek word for marketplace, and phobia means fear, therefore, agoraphobia had to originally mean fear of the marketplace. In many cases agoraphobia still means just that: a fear of public places such as a shopping center or marketplace or any such location. However, today's definition has a much more expanded meaning that also includes a fear of any sort of open space, public or otherwise. The symptoms of agoraphobia are most unpleasant and debilitating.

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Agoraphobia, depression and anxiety disorder tend to go hand in hand. Anxiety disorder is the tendency toward panic attacks and long periods of anticipatory anxiety. Such a tendency over a period of time can develop into agoraphobia, because one often feels most vulnerable to panic attacks (and sometimes depression) when away from home, isolated from various "safe" places (comfort zones) and/or "safe" people such as a parent, spouse, sibling, or trusted friend. Therefore, what tends to happen is the victim develops the avoidance symptoms that define agoraphobia such as the avoidance of all the places and situations associated with increased levels of panic and anxiety. One can often end up being quite stuck in one place and quite dependent on others for anything to do with going outside the home or getting from place to place.

A whole lifestyle develops where the poor victim becomes ever more and more limited in his or her breadth and scope of living resulting in a greater dependency on others along with increasing episodes of depression, stress, and frustration. Typical situations that seem to increase one's level of anxiety include flying, driving, freeways, trains, elevators, skyscrapers, bridges, open spaces, and any other situation where one feels trapped or no possibility of an immediate escape route to a safe place, person or situation. One with agoraphobia also has to deal with acrophobia (fear of heights) because one is too similar to the other, in that in high places, one is often also in a vast, open space, such as the sky! It is quite common for agoraphobia to overlap with many other disorders of various causes, such as physical, genetic, emotional stress and traumatic experiences.

People who have never experienced agoraphobia naturally have a very hard time trying to understand or imagine just how someone with agoraphobia experiences it. I think one way to describe one aspect of it is comparing it to the situation of a small child being accidentally lost or separated from a parent or parents for the first time causing a great deal of fear, panic, even crying. Say one was only 3 years old and in an amusement park with Mother and somehow in all the excitement the child gets separated or lost in a huge crowd. Another example would be the separation anxiety on that first day of school and the kid suddenly realizes Mother is simply not going to be able to stay with him or her all day long in the class! I remember some very harrowing experiences like that when I was very, very young. It is a distinct feeling of being separated from something or some person one is utterly (emotionally) dependent on along with a sense of impending doom, desperation and panic. There are other strong emotions involved too, notwithstanding.

However, the feeling of being separated from a parent or loved one for the first time is only a part of it. I also used to mainly experience it as a very unpleasant or bothersome change in perspective, such as the earth seemingly turned on its horizon, or even worse, completely up-side-down! Not at all pleasant! Also a feeling of becoming more and more utterly absorbed into or dissolved into the infinite vastness of the earth, sea, horizon, sky or whatever in a way that is very nerve-racking, uncomfortable or bothersome. It is also a distinctly unpleasant feeling of losing control of everything! So bad is it, that I think I would rather die than ever have to go through that sort of dreadful feeling again. It is that bad!




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There seems to also be also a "cosmological" aspect to my own personal experiences with agoraphobia, that I rarely heard of, if ever, from other agoraphobics. This is probably because most agoraphobics did not ever have the intense interest in astronomy I used to have. Somehow my childhood love and fascination with the universe developed into an abject terror of it while becoming an adult. I developed a hypersensitivity to the earth's motion through space and especially it's minuteness in comparison to the vastness of the universe which often freaked me out. It would often feel as if the earth was moving and or spinning so rapidly and in even worse sometimes falling so rapidly into the unknown abyss below, I would panic and desperately do all I could to get it out of my mind. It is frustrating because my intellectual interest in astronomy and cosmology is still there and yet I must be careful not to get into it too deeply otherwise I start to again feel those terrible feelings!

A spiritual and/or existential side exists to my agoraphobia as well. This includes my sense of self and identity as a human being. I would often get a sense of weirdness or a this-is-way-too-strange feeling or simply a terror of just being alive. It was at its worse throughout my high school and college days when I was still too unfamiliar with life and all its implications. I was not sure about so many things which added greatly to my terror of being alive. Much of it was religious and wondering about my salvation and/or safety of my soul. I therefore clung steadfastly to the most advanced and logical religious beliefs I could find. I became more and more aware spiritually as a result.

I often had mystical experiences of dissolving into infinite space that was, well both pleasant and unpleasant. It was great feeling such inner freedom and exhilaration, but on the other hand it often lead to a such a weird change in perspective it was often terrifying and unpleasant. I had to balance things out as best I could and eat only those foods that seemed to bring it under the most control and create the more pleasant aspects of it. It was not exactly the kind of experience I was looking for, what I really yearned for was the feeling of being loved by Goddess.

Whatever I did to help reduce general anxiety levels and panic attacks also helped to reduce my agoraphobia. Facing the fears head on only seemed to make them worse and gave me a horrible time. The only things that helped me were some of the adaptogenic herbs, antioxidants, special super food diets and some of the books mentioned on this page.

My theory as to the cause of agoraphobia is that the neurons in the brain are not able to properly replenish themselves after a period of stress, so they become overactive and disorganized unless enough antioxidants and adaptogenic herbs are taken to help replenish what is needed by the brain cells and increase their ability to handle stress.




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Your Life is Waiting: The Average Joe's Guide to Overcoming Panic Attacks and Anxiety by Rafe Martin - Editorial Reviews - I'M FREE! This book has opened my eyes to life outside anxiety attacks. Once I realized that I was not alone and other individuals like Rafe had experienced the fear and seclusion that I once felt, I was able to embrace these attacks and take the steps mentioned in his book to accept my anxiety attacks for what they were and overcome my fear of them.

It was a tough road to recovery. Fortunately, there are people like Rafe who have helped me through this journey by sharing his experiences and strategies. This is a must read for anyone who is currently experiencing anxiety/panic attacks and those who have experienced these attacks in the past but have not fully come to grips with them. -- Stefan P. Cox, President, SPC Strategies, Inc.

Rafe has opened the window of his heart in this book, allowing us to experience his journey of pain, suffering, and recovery. His honesty, integrity, compassion and practicality will provide hope and help for those who battle with anxiety disorders. -- Dr. Steven F. Ward, Clinical Therapist

Product Description - Panic attacks be gone! Finally, a first-hand guide to overcoming panic attacks, agoraphobia, and anxiety disorder from someone who has lived through it and conquered it. Rafe R. Martin shares his own personal experiences with panic attacks and agoraphobia and takes us through his journey from fear to freedom in his new book, Your Life is Waiting. Panic attack and anxiety sufferers who want a step-by-step plan for eliminating panic attacks, taking control of their lives and overcoming this paralyzing condition will love the way Rafe shares his own personal story of overcoming panic attacks once and for all, and then helps the reader develop his own plan for recovery.


The Agoraphobia Workbook: A Comprehensive Program to End Your Fear of Symptom Attacks by C. Alec Pollard and Elke Zuercher-White - Product Description - The Agoraphobia Workbook is a self-help resource dedicated to helping readers overcome the disorder in all its forms. Formatted in an interactive, easy-to-follow style, this supportive workbook presents the latest and most effective techniques, including gradual exposure and desensitization exercises, plus information on avoiding relapses, managing setbacks, and finding further sources of help and support. With agoraphobia affecting an estimated three to six percent of Americans, this clinically proven handbook will help many face their fears and overcome this disorder.

Agoraphobia: A Recovered Victim's Perspective by D. F. Nesto - Product Description - Fear of being outside the home alone, being in a croud, standing in line, being on a bridge, traveling on a bus, train, or automobile; a book to aid the agoraphobia sufferer in finding his or her way back to the simple joy of life, free of fear. A valuable guide to conquering fears once and for all.

Freedom From Agoraphobia by Mark Eisenstadt - Product Description - This is a premier program for overcoming Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder. It is written in everyday, conversational language for ease of reading and understanding. "Freedom From Agoraphobia" teaches highly successful and research-proven techniques from Cognitive, Behavioral and Psychodynamic therapies. Meditation is also explained and full instructions are provided.

This is a practical program that can be used with or without simultaneous medication treatment. It is designed for individuals and groups of people who have panic attacks and for treating professionals.

From the Author - I have written this book in response to the continued (and highly-gratifying) insistence by my patients that I make this program widely available for people who suffer from Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder. The program has been very successful for many years and for hundreds of patients. It is becoming increasingly unusual because it does not rely upon medications or even need them to work (although they are explained). Instead, the program uses proven methods from three of the most studied non-medication therapies as well as meditation. It differs from other approaches in that it is based upon an understanding of Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder which became apparent to me more than 20 years ago and which continues to be experienced as uniquely helpful. This understanding is explained in the excerpt provided - "The Key To Agoraphobia."

This book takes one through the process of becoming free from Agoraphobia - through the frustration and successes, the tears and the joy. It is my pleasure to at last make this available to all. It ends with the statement: "Congratulations! You have grown wings. Enjoy flying." My hope is that you will start at the beginning and work this program through to the point that these words are addressed to you.


Silently Suffering with Anxiety, Depression, and Agoraphobia by Julie Auriana - Product Description - When and how did I lose control of my life? - What am I afraid of? Why do I feel this way? Am I really going crazy? Why do I have limitations that are holding me back from living life? Will I ever be free of those limitations? Why do I feel like something is missing in my life? Why am I not happy? Why me? These are the questions I would ask myself for many years...until I finally found the answers. I created the symptoms that caused the anxiety, and I am the only person that can control it! It's been ten long years since my first symptoms began. This is my story...

Life Isn't Just a Panic: Stories of Hope by Recovering Agoraphobics by Anita L. Pace - Editorial Reviews - A genuine treasure. Anita describes the symptoms of panic disorder with and without agoraphobia and includes effective treatment approaches. -- Michelle M. Carter, Ph.D. Dept. of Psychology, The American University

I was very impressed how Anita incorporated scientific information from the well-respected National Institute of Mental Health. -- William D. Kernodle, MD, Tucker Psychiatric Clinic, Inc. author, Panic Disorder, The Medical Point of View

Skillful, gut-level and inspirational writing elevates this book beyond the academic, boring polemic we are so used to. Highly recommended. -- Stanley Gurman, MD

Product Description - This anthology of more than 25 stories offers words of encouragement and hope to the millions that suffer from panic disorder and/or agoraphobia. It educates families and friends, mental health professionals, clergy, and educators so they may be more supportive and knowledgeable of those with these disorders. The stories come from both women and men, from urban and rural areas, and from varying social, cultural and economic backgrounds.


Master Your Panic and Take Back Your Life: Twelve Treatment Sessions to Conquer Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia (Master Your Panic & Take Back Your Life) by Denise F. Beckfield - Product Description - This practical, self-empowering book on overcoming debilitating panic attacks is now in a completely revised, updated and expanded third edition, and includes the latest information and new research findings on agoraphobia, exposure therapy, medication, and other important topics.

MASTER YOUR PANIC parallels an actual treatment program in which you are guided, step-by-step, through twelve self-help treatment sessions. Proven, research-based methods are presented in easy-to-follow instructions, accompanied by numerous case examples. Includes guides for identifying triggers of panic attacks, challenging catastrophic thinking and for preventing relapse. Follow Dr. Beckfield's procedures to gain a thorough understanding of the disorder and you can actually resolve the panic in your life.

--Find out why you developed panic attacks in the first place and why they come back. --Learn the tried-and-true "SRB" method to STOP panic the moment it strikes. --Discover your personal triggers for panic and tackle them, one by one -- the thoughts, the physical habits, even the emotional traps. So panic goes away and stays away. --Find out the latest information on the best medications for panic. --Identify the personal stresses and family backgrounds that can lead to panic. --Learn to stop limiting yourself and get your life back -- for GOOD.


Treating Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: A Step-By-Step Clinical Guide (Best Practices for Therapy) by Elke Zuercher-White - Product Details - Emperically based treatment protocols - a step-by-step, session-by-session treatment plan.

Overcoming Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: Client Manual (Best Practices for Therapy Series) by Elke Zuercher-White - Product Details - Emperically based treatment protocols - a step-by-step, session-by-session treatment plan.

The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Fourth Edition by Edmund J. Bourne - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal -This book excels not only in explaining the cause and nature of anxiety disorders and phobias but also in describing treatments. Director of the Anxiety Treatment Center in Santa Rosa (California), Bourne emphasizes the cognitive-behavioral model of treatment but includes information on biopsychiatry, intense psychotherapy, and spirituality as additional treatment modalities. This is truly a "workbook," with exercises designed to facilitate recovery, either through private use or in conjunction with professional therapy. If your library already owns the 1990 edition and money is an object, you can probably pass on this revision, which updates the definitions of anxiety and phobia so that they conform with the new DSM-IV diagnostic criteria and includes new information on the biological causes of anxiety and related treatment developments. However, if your collection lacks a good lay reader's book on anxiety and phobia, this is an excellent choice.?Jennifer Amador, Central State Hosp. Medical Lib., Petersburg, Va. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review - Any who've struggled with panic attacks and fears will find this packed with self-help exercises and guidelines to overcoming anxiety and stress, from understanding how to assert oneself to creating a positive recovery strategy. This focuses on handling feelings, including plenty of tips on handling life problems. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


How to Help Your Loved One Recover from Agoraphobia by Karen P. Williams - Product Description - Anxiety-reducing tools necessary for recovery.

Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life by Allen Shawn - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Starred Review. The author's rampant agoraphobia and compensatory claustrophobia leave him terrified of almost any unfamiliar space, including highways, fields, elevators, bridges, tunnels, heights and airplanes; a walk down a country lane leaves him panting and paralyzed with fear. In this absorbing memoir, Shawn‹a composer, son of legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn and brother of actor Wallace Shawn‹approaches his panics from several angles. He explores the neurophysiology of phobic fear as an exaggerated, partly hereditary version of the innate human response to environmental threats. But he also offers a heavily Freudian account of his own panics, linking them to his parents' overprotectiveness and the resulting psychosexual and oedipal conflicts he suppressed from childhood onward. The latter perspective informs his vivid portraits of his family life; his brilliant, conflicted father, who suffered from similar phobias; and his autistic twin sister. Drawing on the writings of fellow agoraphobes like Emily Dickinson and Blaise Pascal, Shawn makes his fear of vast, exposed spaces a metaphor for humanity's existential predicament, an inchoate realization that "our brief life span is surrounded on all sides by nothingness." The result is both a lucid explication of psychopathology and a deeply felt evocation of a "pain in the soul." (Feb. 7) - Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist - *Starred Review* A composer, pianist, teacher, and author of a book about Arnold Schoenberg, Shawn is plagued by agoraphobia. Afraid of both open and enclosed spaces, and new places, his fears wreak havoc in his life. Shawn has always tried to conceal these inconvenient phobias, but now, in a deeply personal and brilliantly analytical performance, he explains what it feels like to experience these incapacities, delineates the physiological processes involved, and considers how fear, a survival mechanism, becomes a handicap. Shawn creates elegant metaphors and memorable analogies as he explicates the workings of the brain and offers fresh and provocative readings of Darwin and Freud. And then there is the memoir aspect of his probing inquiry. Allen is twin to a mentally disabled sister and the brother of actor and playwright Wallace. Their father was famed New Yorker editor William Shawn, a man of as many phobias as accomplishments whose longtime extramarital affair with colleague Lillian Ross cast a pall over his family. In assessing his complex legacy, Shawn anchors his simultaneously disquieting and affirming study of phobias to real life and uncloaks many essential facets of the human condition. --Donna Seaman - Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Overcoming Agoraphobia by Melissa Murphy - Product Description - No information available at this time.

Panic Free : Eliminate Anxiety / Panic Attacks Without Drugs and Take Control of Your Life by Lynne Freema - Editorial Reviews - ...whether one takes medication or not, the methods described in Panic Free offer sufferers options and hope. -- Anxiety Disorders Association of America REPORTER VolX,NO4 Fall 1999

A must read ... before taking another trip to the emergency room take time to read this book... -- Donna Grey, Book Buffet October, 1999

In an updated and revised edition of Panic Free, Dr.Lynne Freeman provides a rational approach to an utterly irrational disorder. -- Daliy Midway Driller, Lifestyle Section Sept.20,1999

Product Description - Endorsed by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, this updated and revised edition offers a comprehensive and unique approach to combating the symptoms associated with panic and anxiety. The revised edition retains the salient information of the successful previous edition while including sections on how drugs and illness can mimic anxiety symptoms. This edition also expands upon complimentary medicine while it provides the latest information about anti-anxiety medications.

About the Author - Lynne Freeman, Ph.D., a recovered agoraphobic herself, is a leading expert in the field of anxiety disorders and treatment. She is a frequent guest on both television and radio and lectures extensively to a variety of audiences on the subject. Previously the director of Open Doors Institute of California, Dr. Freeman maintains a private practice.


Hope and Help for Your Nerves (Signet) by Claire Weekes - Product Description - Dr Claire Weekes offers a practical programme for replacing fear and anxiety with understanding and self-confidence. It should be of interest to those suffering from panic attacks, stress, agoraphobia, stage fright and shyness. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Simple Effective Treatment of Agoraphobia by Claire Weekes - Customer Review - Changed my life., June 9, 2001 By Linda Smith "shebuilds" (Plainfield, In USA) - I found this wonderful book back in the early 1980's after reading it my life changed. I read the book over and over using all of her suggestions. I overcame my agoraphobia and now lead a normal life. I recommend this book to all who suffer from this condition. It is simple and easy to understand and follow. --Linda

Agoraphobia in Everyday Life: A Sociological Study of Agoraphobia by David John Lemon - Product Description - This book is based on a study of 100 people with agoraphobia. The study explores the onset, unmanaged and managed stages of agoraphobia in their lives. The book is written for both health professionals and, with the inclusion of a large number of research participants' quotes, for the interested reader. The study investigates the family upbringing and traumatic events that contributed to the onset of agoraphobia. Also, the author reveals the social impact of panic attacks and avoidance behaviours on research participants' primary, secondary and tertiary education. In addition, the work investigates the social impact of mental illness on people's employment, social interactions, travelling and everyday life in public places; also, the impact of agoraphobia on marriage and parenting experiences. Finally the author explores the role of religious experience, personal coping strategies, medications, alcohol, health professionals and Cognitive Behavioural Treatment programmes, support group involvement, and internet usage in the management of agoraphobia. These and other themes will fully inform the reader on the socially disabling nature of this mental illness.

About the Author - David J. Lemon, Ph.D: Studied Sociology at the University of Canterbury New Zealand.


How to Overcome Agoraphobia and Claustrophobia: Learn to Feel Calm and Think Calm by Albert Smith (Audio CD) - Audiobook - Editorial Reviews - By following the Guided Relaxation and Self-Hypnosis techniques described on this CD, you can learn to feel calm - think calm - anywhere - anytime and overcome your fears or phobias. --from front cover

Narrating Social Order: Agoraphobia and the Politics of Classification by Shelley Z. Reuter - Product Description - Agoraphobia, the fear of open spaces, has received minimal attention from sociologists. Yet implicit within psychiatric discussion of this disease is a normative account of society, social order, social ordering, and power relations, making agoraphobia an excellent candidate for sociological interpretation. Narrating Social Order provides the first critical sociological framework for understanding agoraphobia, as well as the issue of psychiatric classification more generally.

Shelley Z. Reuter explores three major themes in her analysis: agoraphobia in the context of gender, race, and class; the shift in recent decades from an emphasis on psychoanalytic explanations for mental diseases to an emphasis on strictly biogenic explanations; and, finally, embodiment as a process that occurs in and through disease categories. Reuter provides a close reading of reports of agoraphobia beginning with the first official cases, along with the DSM and its precursors, illustrating how a "psychiatric narrative" is contained within this clinical discourse. She argues that, while the disease embodies very real physiological and emotional experiences of suffering, implicit in this fluid and shifting discourse are socio-cultural assumptions. These assumptions, and especially the question of what it means, both medically and culturally, to be 'normal' and 'pathological,' demonstrate the overlap between the psychiatric narrative of agoraphobia and socio-cultural narratives of exclusion. Ultimately, Reuter seeks to confront the gap that exists between sociological and psychiatric conceptions of mental disease and to understand the relationship between biomedical and cultural knowledges.


Constructing Panic: The Discourse of Agoraphobia by Lisa Capps, Elinor Ochs, and Jerome Bruner - Editorial Reviews - Extraordinarily creative and thought-provoking, Constructing Panic will open up new vistas for thinking about this disorder and related emotional disorders as well. --Robert Emde, University of Colorado

In a marriage of psychology and linguistics, this book makes clear that for all its frustrations as an instrument, language is potent, the primary medium for symbolizing constructions of reality. The authors are sensitive to human experience and suffering, and their linguistic insights are subtle yet vivid. --Leon Tec, M.D. (Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health)

Review - Extraordinarily creative and thought-provoking, Constructing Panic will open up new vistas for thinking about this disorder and related emotional disorders as well. --Robert Emde, University of Colorado --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Description Meg Logan has not been farther than two miles from home in six years. She has agoraphobia, a debilitating anxiety disorder that entraps its sufferers in the fear of leaving safe havens such as home. Paradoxically, while at this safe haven, agoraphobics spend much of their time ruminating over past panic experiences and imagining similar hypothetical situations. In doing so, they create a narrative that both describes their experience and locks them into it.

Constructing Panic offers an unprecedented analysis of one patient's experience of agoraphobia. In this novel interdisciplinary collaboration between a clinical psychologist and a linguist, the authors probe Meg's stories for constructions of emotions, actions, and events. They illustrate how Meg uses grammar and narrative structure to create and recreate emotional experiences that maintain her agoraphobic identity.

In this work Capps and Ochs propose a startling new view of agoraphobia as a communicative disorder. Constructing Panic opens up the largely overlooked potential for linguistic and narrative analysis by revealing the roots of panic and by offering a unique framework for therapeutic intervention. Readers will find in these pages hope for managing panic through careful attention to how we tell the story of our lives.


Overcoming Agoraphobia: Conquering Fear of the Outside World by Dr. Alan Goldstein and Berry Stainback - Product Description - A multilevel program of treatment that combines traditional therapy with Gestallt therapy. Exposure therapy is used where phobics return to sites of previous panic attacks.

Diagnosing agoraphobia in the context of panic disorder: examining the effect of DSM-IV criteria on diagnostic decision-making [An article from: Behaviour Research and Therapy] by N.B. Schmidt, D. Salas, R. Bernert, and Schatschneider - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Behaviour Research and Therapy, published by Elsevier in. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - A diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM)-IV diagnosis of agoraphobia in the context of panic disorder (PD) is based on three nosologically sufficient criteria: (1) avoidance, (2) use of companions, and (3) endurance of situations despite distress. Therefore, an agoraphobia diagnosis can be made across an extremely broad range of cases including when there are no avoidance behaviors (e.g., the patient endures the situation). It was hypothesized that clinicians do not weight these criteria equally and that the DSMs individual, sufficient criteria lead to poor inter-rater reliability. Clinicians (N=48) rated hypothetical patients with symptom profiles emphasizing each of these three criteria. Consistent with expectation, clinicians differentially weighted these criteria. Avoidance was relatively more apt to produce a diagnosis when only one criterion was emphasized in clinical vignettes. Inter-rater reliability was poor in instances when only one sufficient criterion was highlighted. Knowledge concerning DSM criteria resulted in a greater rate of agoraphobia endorsement, but knowledge did not account for the overall pattern of findings.


Agoraphobia: Current Perspectives on Theory and Treatment by Kevin Gournay - Product Description - An up-to-date review of the effectiveness of various approaches to agoraphobia. Topics range widely and include the nature of the syndrome and the part played by sex role stereotyping and social factors in treatment failure. This book should be of interest to clinical psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, mental health professionals.

Anxiety Disorders Comorbid with Depression: Pocketbook: Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia by David J. Nutt, Adrian Feeney, and Spilios Argyropolous - Product Description - Bristol Univ., UK. Pocket reference covers panic disorder and agoraphobia; diagnosis, classification, epidemiology and comorbidity; course and prognosis; causation and mechanisms; depression; and treatment. Softcover

Panic Buster, Learn to Conquer Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia by Bonnie Crandall - Editorial Reviews - "First telling her own story, Ms. Crandall shares specific insights and Scriptural explanations and affirmations to utilize in recovery. Her spiritual understanding combined with her willingness to follow through with the work necessary to desensitize to her fears and avoidances, lead her to a place of peace." (Encourage Newsletter - Late Summer 1995)

"...her fervor to help others recover from this difficult disorder is very apparent. She writes without artifice or guile. She writes from the heart." -- Panic-Anxiety Page- Book Review - 4/19/96

Product Description - PANIC BUSTER is a self-help manual/workbook for those who suffer from Panic Disorder. There are discussion questions at the end of each chapter so it can be used either by an individual or in a group setting. A special feature of Panic Buster, is a four-point plan called, "Panic Buster," that teaches how to stop panic and anxiety before it continues into a full- blown panic attack. There are also charts to guide your progress, and tips to help you become an overcomer.


Smoking and panic attacks, panic disorder, and agoraphobia: A review of the empirical literature [An article from: Clinical Psychology Review] by M.J. Zvolensky, M.T. Feldner, E.W. Leen-Feldner, and M (Digital) - HTML - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Clinical Psychology Review, published by Elsevier in . The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - The empirical literature regarding panic-spectrum problems (i.e., panic attacks, panic disorder, and agoraphobia) and cigarette smoking is reviewed. In the first section of the paper, empirical studies that document the prevalence of smoking and panic-related problems are presented and discussed. In the second section of the paper, studies pertaining to the role cigarette smoking may play in the onset and maintenance of panic-related problems are critically reviewed. In the third section of the paper, studies related to the association between panic vulnerability factors and the nature of smoking behavior are presented. In the fourth section of the paper, specific areas not otherwise covered in the review are presented to stimulate further development in these areas (e.g., specialized treatment development).


Belief disconfirmation versus habituation approaches to situational exposure in panic disorder with agoraphobia: A pilot study [An article from: Behaviour Research and Therapy] by P.M. Salkovskis, A. Hackmann, A. Wells, and M. Gelde - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Behaviour Research and Therapy, published by Elsevier in 2007. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - Exposure therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) are both effective in the treatment of panic disorder with agoraphobia. Cognitive theories suggest that the way in which exposure to avoided situations is implemented in either treatment may be crucial. In particular, it is suggested that clinical improvement will be greatest if opportunities for disconfirmation of feared catastrophes are maximized. In a small pilot study, 16 patients with panic disorder and (moderate or severe) agoraphobia were randomly allocated to either habituation based exposure therapy (HBET) or exposure planned as a belief disconfirmation strategy and accompanied by dropping of safety-seeking behaviours. Both treatments were brief (total of 3.25h of exposure) and were similar in terms of expectancy of change. Patients in the CBT condition showed significantly greater improvements in self-report measures of anxiety, panic and situational avoidance. They also completed significantly more steps in a standardized behavioural walk, during which they experienced significantly less anxiety. The controlled effect sizes for CBT were substantial (range 1.7-2.7), which suggests it may be a particularly efficient way of managing therapeutic exposure to feared situations in panic disorder with agoraphobia. Further research is needed to clarify the mechanism of change involved.


No More Panic Attacks - The Panic Attack, Anxiety, and Agoraphobia Recovery Manual by Jennifer W. Jacobs (Kindle Edition - April 4, 2008) - Kindle Book - Product Description - Learn methods on how to overcome severe panic attacks using drug free techniques. Recovery methods for agoraphobia (fear of public places) are also covered.

Broken Inside! Breaking Free of Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia by Michelle Zulkowski - Product Description - I am a thirty six year old mother of two who was diagnosed with Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. My disorder crippled me to the point that I wasn't able to function effectively anymore. I kept a journal during this time and share with you my personal struggles with breaking free of this disorder. Through therapy and medication and with the support of my family I am getting my life back.

A prospective evaluation of agoraphobia and depression symptoms following panic attacks in a community sample of adolescents [An article from: Journal of Anxiety Disorders] by K.A. Wilson and C. Hayward (Digital) - HTML - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Journal of Anxiety Disorders, published by Elsevier in 2005. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - In a community sample of high schoolers who experienced their first panic attack, we examined the prospective relationships among pre-panic vulnerabilities, panic attack severity, and post-panic agoraphobia and depression symptoms. Students were evaluated yearly over 4 years to test the following four hypotheses: (1) pre-panic anxiety sensitivity, negative affect, and childhood behavioral inhibition will serve as vulnerabilities that predict agoraphobia and depression symptoms following a panic attack; (2) these vulnerabilities will lead to more severe panic attacks; (3) severe and spontaneous panic attacks will predict subsequent agoraphobia and depressive symptoms; and (4) the interaction between panic severity and vulnerabilities will be associated with worse outcomes following a panic attack. Results supported the first three hypotheses, but no evidence emerged for an interactive effect. Findings are discussed in light of recent modernized classical conditioning models that address factors contributing to development of more severe panic related psychopathology after panic attacks.


Seven variables may predict panic disorder, agoraphobia relapse.(Adult Psychiatry): An article from: Clinical Psychiatry News [HTML] (Digital) by Damian McNamara - Product Description - This digital document is an article from Clinical Psychiatry News, published by International Medical News Group on June 1, 2004. The length of the article is 338 words. The page length shown above is based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Agoraphobia - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References by Health Publica Icon Health Publications - Product Description - In March 2001, the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Furthermore, because of the rapid increase in Internet-based information, many hours can be wasted searching, selecting, and printing.This book was created for medical professionals, students, and members of the general public who want to conduct medical research using the most advanced tools available and spending the least amount of time doing so.

From the Publisher - This is a 3-in-1 reference book. It gives a complete medical dictionary covering hundreds of terms and expressions relating to agoraphobia. It also gives extensive lists of bibliographic citations. Finally, it provides information to users on how to update their knowledge using various Internet resources. The book is designed for physicians, medical students preparing for Board examinations, medical researchers, and patients who want to become familiar with research dedicated to agoraphobia.

If your time is valuable, this book is for you. First, you will not waste time searching the Internet while missing a lot of relevant information. Second, the book also saves you time indexing and defining entries. Finally, you will not waste time and money printing hundreds of web pages.


Overcoming Agoraphobia (Audio Cassette) by PH.D. Alan Godstein and M.S. George Soane - Product Description - 4 cassette tapes in case: Produced by Temple University through The Agoraphobia and Anxiety Program, Temple University School of Medicine.

Panic and avoidance in panic disorder with agoraphobia: Clinical relevance of change in different aspects of the disorder [An article from: Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry] by J. Ramnero and L.-G. Ost (Digital) - HTML - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, published by Elsevier in 2007. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - Different aspects of change were examined in 62 patients who fulfilled the DSM-IV criteria for a primary diagnosis of panic disorder with agoraphobia of moderate to severe magnitude, and who were treated with 16 sessions of behavioral therapy. The treatment resulted in substantial effects on panic attacks and agoraphobic avoidance. Panic-free status only differentiated the patients regarding mood at pre- and post-treatment. Changes in panic and avoidance were related to each other, but change in avoidance was more related to change in negative affect. Change in quality of life (QOL) was also more associated with change in avoidance at post-treatment. At follow-up change in QOL was more related to change in panic than change in avoidance.


Social anxiety and agoraphobia in the eating disorders: Associations with eating attitudes and behaviours [An article from: Eating Behaviors] by H. Hinrichsen, G. Waller, and K. van Gerko (Digital - Nov 1, 2004) - HTML - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Eating Behaviors, published by Elsevier in 2004. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - Background: While eating disorders have a high comorbidity with anxiety disorders, little is presently known about how anxiety links to eating attitudes and behaviours and other related characteristics of eating-disordered individuals. The present study aimed to determine whether social anxiety and agoraphobia in eating-disordered individuals are linked to different eating attitudes and behaviours and levels of ego functioning. Method: The participants were 70 women who met DSM-IV criteria for an eating disorder. The Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI) was used as a measure of eating attitudes and ego-functioning characteristics, while the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory (SPAI) was used as a measure of levels of social anxiety and agoraphobia. Results: High scores on the eating attitude scales of the EDI were associated with higher levels of social anxiety in eating-disordered individuals. High scores on the ego-dysfunction scales of the EDI were associated with higher levels of social anxiety and agoraphobia. Conclusions. The present findings suggest that eating-related attitudes and behaviours are associated with high levels of social anxiety, while psychological characteristics not specifically related to eating are associated with anxiety more broadly. The results highlight the importance of identifying and addressing comorbid anxiety in eating-disordered individuals, and suggestions are made for the treatment of such cases. Implications for future research are also discussed.


The Undercurrents of Anxiety: The Revolutionary Approach to Dealing with and Recovering from: Anxiety, Panic, Agoraphobia and Stress by Elizabeth Trego and Judith Trego - Product Description - What would you be doing right now if you didn't suffer from anxiety or stress? Millions of individuals struggle daily with this question as witnessed by the growing number of cases of anxiety, panic, agoraphobia and stress in our society. The Undercurrents of Anxiety is a self-help guide/journal written from the standpoints of professional training as well as personal insights and experiences. The goals of this text are unique, however, in that rather than simply pick up where anxiety has left off, readers will be taken through a path of prevention as well as recovery.

Whether you are currently in the early stages of stress and anxiety or in more severe forms, our book includes a path of self-discovery incorporating treatment goals and recovery exercises as well as the tools necessary to distingush major precursors of anxiety. With the proper understanding of how anxiety and stress can take hold of your life, you'll be able to overcome the difficulties you're having and begin living a life that's extraordinary. A must for anyone suffering stress or anxiety!

About the Author - Elizabeth Trego, M.A.: With her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's in Counseling Psychology, Elizabeth has made it her mission to help those suffering from anxiety, stress and life management issues. A Professional Member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, she owns and operates Seize the Day Consulting, a private practice dealing exclusively with these issues. She is the author of The Undercurrents of Anxiety, a self-help book dealing with anxiety and stress and writes a weekly newspaper column, Seize the Day! which addresses readers' questions about how to make their lives more productive and satisfying.

Judith Trego: Elizabeth's mother, Judith, suffered with anxiety from childhood and at the age of 28, became severely agoraphobic. Seeking traditional avenues with no success, she took her recovery into her own hands and has since been recovered for nearly 20 years. Co-author of The Undercurrents of Anxiety, she now assists at Seize the Day Consulting with clients suffering from agoraphobia.


Escape!: The Complete AGORAPHOBIA Recovery Course by J O'Neill - Product Description - The book is a complete recovery plan for all those suffering from agoraphobia.

It deals with every aspect of the condition and provides clear, simple and effective strategies for full recovery. It adopts a holistic approach which ensures improved general health and fitness that form the springboard to recovery.

Written in clear, jargon-free language it explains the condition in layman's terms. It contains guidance on diet, sleep, lifestyle and exercise and explains how these play a vital part in regaining good health. Most important of all are the step-by-step guidelines for overcoming your fears and living a full life. These enable you to progress at the speed that suits you and to tailor your progress to your needs.

It is written by a former agoraphobic who understands the nature of the illness and knows how easy it is to avoid fearful situations and allow the condition to strengthen its grip. The author explains how to confront and overcome these excuses and motivate yourself to full recovery.

About the Author - Joseph O'Neill is a freelance author and broadcaster. He has broadcast and published in both Ireland and Britain. He suffered from agoraphobia for almost thirty years and experienced most forms of therapy during that time. His experience of what works and what doesn't forms the basis of this book.


Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques by Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar - Product Description - The Overcoming Series offers step-by-step guides to self-improvement based on the methods of cognitive behavioral therapy. The series aims to help readers conquer a broad range of disabling conditions‹from worry to body image problems to obsessive compulsive disorder and more.

Cognitive behavioral therapy was developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck and is now internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. Even when our situation does not change, if we change the self-defeating ways we think, we can make ourselves feel better. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike.

The accessible, straightforward, and practical books in this series outline affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plans, and have provided tens of thousands of readers with the help they need to overcome self-defeating behavior and lead happier lives.

Books in the Overcoming Series:

* highlight the history and background of the disorder, who is likely to be affected, and what the main symptoms are
* provide a structure ideal for personal use or in a program using guided step-by-step self-help techniques like recordkeeping and problem-solving
* include diagnostic questionnaires, case studies, and workbook-style interactive exercises
* offer authoritative, commonsense solutions to pervasive, difficult emotional problems


Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help: Pt. 1 by Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar - Product Description - A practical and easy to use self-help course. Adapted from Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar's classic title, "Overcoming Panic" which is now recommended on the NHS 'Books on Prescription' self-help scheme, this new large format edition is available in three parts.Designed to run alongside the books, it places an emphasis on the more practical and interactive elements, with multiple worksheets and exercises to be completed on the page.Ideal for anyone to work through alone or with guided assistance, the new "Overcoming Panic Self-Help Course" is a complete, step-by-step treatment providing the necessary skills to overcome and prevent panic attacks and associated agoraphobia.

About the Author - Derrick Silove is a practising clinical psychiatrist and Director of Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit, School of Psychiatry and Vijaya Manicavasagar is a senior clinical psychologist and Research Co-ordinator of the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit both at the University of New South Wales.


Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help: Pt. 2 by Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar - Product Description - This is a practical and easy to use self-help course. Adapted from Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar's classic title "Overcoming Panic" which is now recommended on the NHS "Books on Prescription" self-help scheme, this new large format edition is available in three parts. Designed to run alongside the books, it places an emphasis on the more practical and interactive elements, with multiple worksheets and exercises to be completed on the page. Ideal for anyone to work through alone or with guided assistance, the new "Overcoming Panic Self-Help Course" is a complete, step-by-step treatment providing the necessary skills to overcome and prevent panic attacks and associated agoraphobia.

About the Author - Derrick Silove is a practising clinical psychiatrist and Director of Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit, School of Psychiatry and Vijaya Manicavasagar is a senior clinical psychologist and Research Co-ordinator of the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit both at the University of New South Wales.


Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia Self-help Course: Pt. 3 by Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar - Product Description - A practical and easy to use self-help course. Adapted from Derrick Silove and Vijaya Manicavasagar's classic title, "Overcoming Panic" which is now recommended on the NHS 'Books on Prescription' self-help scheme, this new large format edition is available in three parts.Designed to run alongside the books, it places an emphasis on the more practical and interactive elements, with multiple worksheets and exercises to be completed on the page.Ideal for anyone to work through alone or with guided assistance, the new "Overcoming Panic Self-Help Course" is a complete, step-by-step treatment providing the necessary skills to overcome and prevent panic attacks and associated agoraphobia.

About the Author - Derrick Silove is a practising clinical psychiatrist and Director of Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit, School of Psychiatry and Vijaya Manicavasagar is a senior clinical psychologist and Research Co-ordinator of the Psychiatry Research and Teaching Unit both at the University of New South Wales.


The effect of fear on paralinguistic aspects of speech in patients with panic disorder with agoraphobia [An article from: Journal of Anxiety Disorders] by M.A. Hagenaars and A. van Minnen - Product Description - This digital document is a journal article from Journal of Anxiety Disorders, published by Elsevier in 2005. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

Description: - The present study investigated the effect of fear on paralinguistic aspects of speech in patients suffering from panic disorder with agoraphobia (N = 25). An experiment was conducted that comprised two modules: Autobiographical Talking and Script Talking. Each module consisted of two emotional conditions: Fearful and Happy. Speech was recorded digitally and analyzed using PRAAT, a computer program designed to extract paralinguistic measures from digitally recorded spoken sound. In addition to subjective fear, several speech characteristics were measured as a reflection of psychophysiology: rate of speech, mean pitch and pitch variability. Results show that in Autobiographical Talking speech was slower, had a lower pitch, and a lower pitch variability than in Script Talking. Pitch variability was lower in Fearful than in Happy speech. The findings indicate that paralinguistic aspects of speech, especially pitch variability, are promising measures to gain information about fear processing during the recollection of autobiographical memories.


Agoraphobia Medical Guide by Qontro Medical Guides - Product Description - The Agoraphobia Medical Guide is a publication which has been designed to better help readers understand Agoraphobia. This Qontro Medical Guide has been designed with the reader in mind, and is a useful information source for readers at all levels looking to learn more about Agoraphobia. The Agoraphobia Medical Guide is highly recommended for those interested in understanding and learning more about Agoraphobia.

About the Author - Qontro medical guides are professionally written, designed and published with great care and with the goal of providing desired medical information to readers around the world. These publications are highly recommended for individuals who are looking to further their understanding and knowledge. Each book also includes information on how to access online versions of the materials which can be downloaded and used for those who also enjoy reading books online and portably through laptops and pdas.


21st Century Complete Medical Guide to Phobia, Phobic Disorder and Related Mental Health Problems, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, Authoritative Government ... for Patients and Physicians (CD-ROM) by PM Medical Health News (CD-ROM) - Product Description - This up-to-date electronic book on CD-ROM provides the best collection available anywhere of official Federal government information and documents on the subject of phobias and phobic disorder. This CD-ROM uses next-generation search technology that allows complete indexing and makes all files on the disc fully searchable. For patients, practical information is provided in clearly written patient education documents. For medical professionals, doctor reference tools and texts have detailed technical information and clinical background material.

This thoroughly researched collection presents vital information from many authoritative sources: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Combined Health Information Database (CHID), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Contents include clinical and medical information.

In addition, as a bonus we have included an encyclopedic collection of general medical and health documents ­ thousands of pages with extensive material from the CDC and NIH on hundreds of diseases and health topics, along with government consumer healthcare tips, disease prevention programs, dietary guidelines, and travelers' health information. Since navigating the Internet to find additional non-governmental medical information can be confusing, we've also provided our exclusive "Guide to Leading Medical Websites" with updated links to 73 of the best sites for medical information! By using weblinks on the CD-ROM, you can quickly check for the latest clinical updates directly from the government.

This CD-ROM has over 30,000 pages reproduced using Adobe Acrobat PDF software and Reader software is included. Advanced search and indexing features are built into our reproduction, providing a complete full-text index. This enables the user to search all the files on the disk at one time for words or phrases using just one search command! The Acrobat cataloging technology adds enormous value and uncommon functionality to this impressive collection of government documents and material. There is no other reference that is as fast, convenient, comprehensive, and portable!

Our CD-ROMs are privately-compiled collections of official public domain U.S. government files and documents - they are not produced by the federal government. They are designed to provide a convenient user-friendly reference work, utilizing the benefits of the Acrobat format to uniformly present thousands of pages that can be rapidly reviewed or printed without untold hours of tedious searching and downloading. This book-on-a-disc makes a superb reference work and educational tool for patients and their families, physicians, and other medical professionals. (Information on this CD-ROM is NOT a substitute for professional medical advice; of course, readers are urged to consult with a professional health care provider for any suspected illness.)


From Panic to Peace of Mind: Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia by C. B. Scrignar - Customer Review - Excellent Book On Anxiety Disorders, March 13, 2003 By William Hefner (EUREKA, CA USA) - C.B. Scrigner's From Panic To Peace of Mind is truly one of the classics, when it comes to books on anxiety and panic disorders.

Dr. Scrigner's book is unlike most that you will find on the subject, in that he approaches anxiety disorders from a largely unbiased point of view. Most books in this category preach purely cognitive methods of combating anxiety disorders and agoraphobia, while others focus on the physiological aspects of the disease. This is one of the few that draws a balance between the two, and acknowledges that no one solution is right for everyone.

This is a pretty basic book from most perspectives, so you will not need any prior knowledge of medical jargon in order to keep up. Yet it largely sticks to a clinical overview that is aimed at doctors, patients and others who are affected by anxiety/panic disorders, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorders, and more simple phobias.

About the only downside of this book is its limited size and depth. It's a fairly quick read. There is only enough room for a fairly basic discussion of very complicated subjects such as psychopharmacology, cognitive therapy, methods of dealing with stress, etc. Still, it gives an excellent overview of these diseases, and the basic methods of treatment.

This is definitely not a book that pretends to "cure" people of phobias or psychological disorders, as many seem to do these days. What it will do is give you a much better understanding of how anxiety disorders "work" and how to most effectively treat them. For anyone with an interest in anxiety or panic disorders, this is an excellent volume to have on your bookshelf.


Panic and Agoraphobia Scale (Pas): Manual by Borwin Bandelow - Product Description - Translation of Panik- u. Agoraphobie-Skala (PAS). Manual describing the development of the scale, showing how to use it and evaluate results. The self-rated and observer-rated versions in 17 languages are presented. For clinicians and researchers. Outline format. Softcover.

"Overcoming Agoraphobia" by Michelle Tason (Kindle Edition - Nov 23, 2008) - Kindle Book - Product Description - "Is Fear Controlling Your Life?" Is Leaving Home Worse Than A Root Canal? Are You Ready To Overcome Your FEAR and Make Life Give You What You Want? Learn How to Overcome Agoraphobia Once and For All! If you or a loved one suffers from agoraphobia you need to know the good news. You CAN overcome it. You may have had the mistaken understanding that it is incurable. Not true! You can face the fear, surmount it and go on to live a fruitful, healthy and happy life. We can think of nothing quite as debilitating as not being able to live without the fear of a panic attack. Someone who has no phobias can find it difficult to understand the feelings of someone with agoraphobia or, for that matter, any type of panic or anxiety attack. Just imagine walking down the aisles of the grocery store and finding yourself in utter fear of your surroundings. Your palms become sweaty, your breathing labored and your mind begins to imagine that everything or everyone around you wish you harm. Now picture this happening to you EVERY TIME you leave your home? Your pulse races, you feel as though you are being crushed alive under the burden of dealing with the fear. If a stranger smiles at you immediately you are wondering what they are going to do to you or what they want. Standing in the checkout lane Agoraphobia is just like any of the other phobias. They are a learned condition and as such can be unlearned. There are various healing techniques available and those will be addressed shortly. There is no reason why you should suffer from: * Shortness of Breath * Pounding Heart * Thoughts of Gloom and Doom * Lack of Sleep * Fear of the Unknown Thousands of people have overcome their phobias and so can YOU! If you feel like you just can't function as a normal person, you are dead wrong. If you can relate to any of this then by all means you need a lifeline. That lifeline is: Overcoming Agoraphobia! You can stop avoiding interactions with other people, or going places or joining in situations that might result in an agoraphobic anxiety attack. With the information contained in our powerful guide you will be able to overcome your fears and frustrations. Many books will give you suggestions about how to deal with your agoraphobia AFTER the fact. What about preventing them in the first place? Not only will you learn some of those techniques you will also learn about: * Exploring the Agoraphobic Personality. Discover what happened to create the emotions and what to do to end the behavior * Recovery Techniques That Work. Most people think that agoraphobia is the fear of being in public places. While that is true up to a point it's not the full picture. We cover that inside. * The Agoraphobic Family. The agoraphobic isn't the only victim of the disorder. Learn coping techniques the whole family can use. * Medications. There are mixed feelings about the use of certain medications for behavior modification. Whatever your feelings are on the subject, an objective analysis of the meds most frequently used may be helpful. * Can Agoraphobia Be Cured? Absolutely! You will find there are numerous techniques and as you read about them at least one should work in your situation. * Different Types of Anxiety Disorders. Agoraphobia is just one of many different types of anxiety disorders and often the agoraphobic may suffer from additional disorders. Learn what they are and how to put that information to work in your life. * Symptoms and How to Avert Them. This is discussed at length and suggestions are provided on how to use different calming methods. * Alternative Therapies. Conventional medicine is not the only solution to cure agoraphobia. Various alternatives have proven to be successful and we discuss those. End the Addiction to FEAR! Get "Overcoming Agoraphobia" Now!

In Stillness Conquer Fear: Overcoming Anxiety, Panic, and Agoraphobia by Pauline McKinnon - Customer Review - This is such a Wonderful Book!, March 21, 2001 - By A Customer - The author Pauline McKinnon overcame agoraphobia and panic disorder using a unique form of meditation which she calls stillness meditation. She was housebound with agoraphobia and became completely cured using meditation. In the book she describes her whole journey. From her first panic attack to becoming completely well. She also describes, in great detail, how to do stillness meditation and how long it will take to get well. Pauline McKinnon is also a psychotherapist. Another interesting note (not in the book): I have read that the actress Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliet) used and uses meditation to keep her agoraphobia in check.

Shared Confinement: Healing Options for You and the Agoraphobic in Your Life by Robert C. Chope - Product Description - Agoraphobia is an abnormal fear of open or public places, and agoraphobics are typically terrified to leave their homes. Psychologist Robert Chope provides strategies to help relatives of agoraphobics assess the degree to which they have sacrificed their lives to a loved one's fears. Exercises and case studies allow readers to understand codependency and determine whether their behavior is actually exacerbating the agoraphobic's problem.

Phobic Geographies: The Phenomenology and Spatiality of Identity by Joyce Davidson - Product Description - Despite estimates that there are 10 million people in the UK suffering from phobias, there is a substantial and conspicuous gap in existing academic literature and research on this topic. This book addresses this gap in relation to geography literature, but also extends beyond this field to connect with a wide range of academics, health professionals and phobic "others" whose ideas are (re)formed by fear. In doing so, it provides non-clinical, specifically geographical insights into phobia, of relevance for its sufferers, and expands human geographical understandings of the relations between gender, embodiment, space and mental health, via a study of agoraphobia. This book argues that a critical geographic perspective is better placed to take account of the importance of wider social contexts and relations, and can give a fully spatialised account of the disorder more faithful to the way sufferers actually describe their experiences. By drawing attention to some of the more unusual ways that people relate to each other, and to their environments, we can illuminate some ordinarily taken for granted aspects of personal geographies.

Take the Wheels off Your Worry Bus: Attack Anxiety with Humour by Sharron Orovan-Johnston and Miriam Trzok - Product Description - This is an easy to read, illustrated, self-help guide to overcome anxiety. This very unique approach combines cognitive behavioural therapy with humour skills. These techniques are based on my clinical experience in which clients made positive changes. The case studies and cartoons bring the topic to life and make the book a pleasure to read.

You can learn how to change unhelpful thinking and behaviours such as perfectionism, procrastination, worry, agoraphobia, job anxiety, clutter and poor communication. You will discover how to take control of your life, relax, and how to do a laughter workout!

About the Author - Sharron Orovan-Johnston is a registered nurse with over 30 years of psychiatric experience. (Not bad for someone who claims to be 39!) She is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Sharron promotes humour as a coping skill to decrease stress and anxiety. She is a well known speaker at workshops and conferences in Canada, US, England, Norway, Japan and Italy. Sharron took her appreciation of humour to the community of Hamilton by co-founding the "Lighten Up" Hamilton Week and Red Nose Day. She also co-founded and co-organizes the successful Canadian Humour Conference held annually in Hamilton, Ontario.


Panic and Anxiety Disorder: 121 Tips, Real-life Advice, Resources & More, Second Edition by Linda Manassee Buell - Editorial Reviews - "A wealth of tools and techniques making it a good self-help resource and a helpful adjunct to treatment." -- Jerilyn Ross, M.S., LICSW, author of Triumph Over Fear

"This book offers many helpful guidelines. It's simple, concise, reader-friendly and bound to help a lot of people." -- Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., author of The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook, Third Edition

Product Description - This second edition of "Panic and Anxiety Disorder, 121 Tips, Real-life Advice, Resources & More" features 40 more pages than the original. Some of them offer author Linda Manassee Buell's personal journal entries, in which she reflects on her years of suffering, learning and joy in her battle with panic disorder and agoraphobia. As one reads these stories, it becomes clear how this book's remarkably realistic approach and very practical tips came to be.

Adding even more value are new chapter introductions that will help the reader use the tips more effectively, along with brief yet helpful insights from mental health professionals. The resource area has also been expanded considerably. Written from a panic sufferer's own special perspective, this unique book offers heartfelt support. It is a welcome addition to understanding and helping in the search for sensible approaches and realistic goals for people who suffer from panic and anxiety disorder as well as those who would like to better understand or help them.


Phobic Disorders and Panic in Adults: A Guide to Assessment and Treatment by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson - Product Description - McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Provides information for clinicians and advanced students in the treatment and assessment of phobic disorders, including panic disorder, social phobia, and specific phobias. Reviews the literature pertaining to biological, combination, and psychological treatments. DNLM: Phobic disorders.


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