Do you often try to avoid certain situations where you need to go out of your city, home, or sometimes your room or bed? Have you ever wondered why do you feel scared of coming out of your comfort zone? This could be Agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is not laziness or being lethargic, it is a certain fear inside you which pulls you off from going out to the places. Understanding Agoraphobia is an important and early detection of it might help you save a lot of time spent in curing it.
According to Dr. R.K Suri an acute and highly intense Agoraphobia might take as long as 3 years to cure. Differentiation between Agoraphobia and regular laziness must be emphasized and understood as
Agoraphobia is a serious psychiatric condition whereas laziness is a normal behavioral condition that can never develop into Agoraphobia. Psychowellness Center presents these 5 symptoms which can help in early detection of Agoraphobia.
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1. Strange or unrealistic feeling
People with Agoraphobia always say that they are feeling unreal. They might look normal to everyone around them but internally, they feel the strange and unreal world around it.
If they are in their comfort zone which is mostly their home, they behave and perform all the activities as any other person but when it comes to going out of home/room they start feeling unreal or strange. This could be a very early sign of being Agoraphobic. Remember, this is not because of laziness.
2. Unbelievable reality
“It is UNBELIEVABLE!” This could be a regular expression when you see or face a happy or a shocking situation. People with Agoraphobia don’t say it for such exclusive situations. They keep on saying it for obvious things and objects because of their fright.
This is often observed that an early agoraphobic experience a hard time in believing buildings, open spaces, crowded places, unfamiliarised vehicles or maybe talking to unknown people too.
3. Frightening Situations
Agoraphobia is about the fear of getting a panic or anxiety attack. People with Agoraphobia try to avoid going on the flyovers, underpasses, lifts/elevators, restaurants, long-distance drives, and many more such outgoing activities.
These situations can fright them up to the level that they can start to cry or even self-hurt. An intense Agoraphobic person can opt to stay at home just to avoid the fright.
4. Lost hope
Agoraphobic people tend to lose hope very soon as they are not able to deal with the fright caused by it. The fear of getting panic or anxiety attack reaches to a level where a person with Agoraphobia accepts the life confined within the room or home.
5. Frustration and inexpressiveness
Agoraphobia is comparatively a less common phobia. According to an article, only 3% of the world’s population might have it. People with this mental issue are often not able to express their feeling as they don’t even understand the unrealistic behavior and its cause.
A chemical imbalance in the brain can cause it and it has no relation to any trauma or allergies. People with this psychiatric condition tend to get more frustrated and inexpressive as they don’t understand what they feel sometimes.
If you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you better have a chat with your counselor. Early detection of this mental issue can help psychologists to cure it fast. Dr. R.K. Suri has more than 36 years of clinical psychology experience and has expertise in handling such issues.