agoraphobia

Treat Agoraphobia Naturally

Agoraphobia is an anxiety and panic disorder that causes sufferers to avoid situations in which they feel uncomfortable. This often means they will avoid being alone, confrontations, crowded places, meetings and even at times leaving their homes. It can severely limit their social interactions. It’s not, however, a hopeless situation. Those with agoraphobia can, through medication, therapy, and natural treatments, work at achieving some normalcy in their lives.

 

How do I know if I have Agoraphobia?

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Low self-esteem
  • General anxiety
  • Feelings of dread
  • Fear of being alone
  • Lack of confidence
  • Loss of control
  • Depression
  • Fear that others will notice panic attacks
  • Fear of public humiliation
  • Fear of losing one’s mind
  • Fear of having a heart attack

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Refusal to leave home
  • Avoidance of any place that may cause an anxiety attack
  • Requiring reassurance before visiting public places
  • Requiring assistance from drugs or drink to go out of the house
  • Removing self from stressful situations mid-confrontation to return to a safe place

Physical Symptoms:

  • Feelings of lightheadedness
  • Trembling
  • Excessive sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Flushing
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Chest pain

 

How can I treat Agoraphobia?

Treating agoraphobia naturally should be done in conjunction with traditional treatment options. In most cases natural treatments are used to treat symptoms of both traditional treatments and the disease.

  • Remember to set small goals and work to make yourself comfortable with each before moving on to the next one.
  • Get to know an area or situation before heading into it to help control the panic response.
  • Start jogging! Many people find that this is an excellent first step as it’s nearly impossible to have a panic attack while jogging and you’ll be releasing endorphins which will  help keep you calmer.
  • Keep a journal and work on writing out your anxieties.
  • Passion flower can be taken to help calm panic attacks.
  • Skullcap helps strength the nervous system, calm it down and works as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Chamomile has long been known and appreciated for its calming and sedative properties. Consider drinking a cup of chamomile tea before going out.
  • Valerian causes a valium like effect and will help calm and sedate.
  • Lemon balm can help calm racing hearts, get rid of nausea and increase oxygen intake which helps with hyperventilation.
  • Lavender can be enjoyed as a tea or as an essential oil and helps to lower cortisol levels and help with relaxation.
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