While physicians are often quick to prescribed scheduled drugs to control the anxiety associated with Agoraphobia, they often have unwanted side effects, and some may even be addictive. While prescription drugs may be beneficial at temporarily masking symptoms, they do not address the underlying problem and may bring with them new problems such as dependency.
Natural Herbal and Homeopathic Remedies
Agoraphobia is essentially an Anxiety Disorder that involves the flood of anxiety inducing-chemicals through your body (e.g. adrenaline). To help manage the underlying anxiety associated with this condition, there are a number of natural products available. The calmative effects of certain herbs in Agoraphobia treatments such as Passiflora incarnata, Scutellaria laterifolia (Scullcap) and Valerian, can help restore tranquility to your life and help restore your body’s own natural chemical balance.
These remedies also serve to take ‘the edge off’ the discomfort and anxiety associated with facing your fears. Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort), taken regularly, can also have a longer term balancing and calming effect – helping to provide a platform of confidence and well being and thereby reducing overall anxiety levels.
Unlike allopathic medication, natural remedies offer great results without unwanted side-effects or risks of addiction. As different products on the market can vary in strength and therapeutic dosage, make sure that you source yours from a reputable manufacturer who also offers support and guidance in how to use the remedies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Agoraphobia treatments sometimes include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT makes use of various techniques which may help the individual to better understand and manage symptoms as well as the maladaptive thoughts and behaviors that underlie them. Desensitization or exposure therapy is the most common method of treating Agoraphobia.
This therapy includes gradual exposure to the feared situation at a gentle pace. The therapeutic process starts with small manageable goals and progresses in manageable steps. A person with Agoraphobia might begin with stepping outside the front door, and progress to a walk around the block.
Meditation, deep breathing and muscle relaxation techniques are generally a part of Agoraphobia treatments in order to reduce over-all anxiety. These methods are also great for clearing your mind of unwanted negative thoughts. There are CD’s available that are specifically composed for this purpose.