There is self help for anxiety related to agoraphobia in the form of self hypnosis therapy.

Other treatments used in overcoming this anxiety are relaxation exercises such as:

Breathing Exercises
Guided Imagery

Agoraphobia is diagnosed to be an anxiety and fear of being in a place that would be difficult to escape from in a time of urgency and the anxiety and fear of being in a public place that would cause embarrassment to the individual if they should suffer from a panic attack with
public onlookers.

This also effects the individual in the opposite extreme where they fear being alone whereas if they did have an attack there would be nobody there to help them. This may be resolved by taking a friend or family member with you until treatment options can be considered.

Overcoming anxiety while suffering from a panic attack is complex since the person has no control over or what is causing this sudden attack of horror. Self help for anxiety deals largely with relaxation techniques that are easily accessible in any circumstance. Victims of agoraphobia, for fear of these situations may avoid outings as little as possible or become homebound altogether.

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Self hypnosis therapy (or auto suggestion) — in which a person hypnotizes himself or herself without the assistance of another person to serve as the hypnotist — is a staple of hypnotherapy-related self-help programs. The hypnosis library has many downloads and CD’s that deal specifically with self help for anxiety.

Below are some chosen titles to make you aware of what is available through hypnosis therapy to help you when overcoming anxiety. You will find many more titles available when you visit the library

Beat agoraphobia - Reduce Insecurity - End Negative Thoughts - Self Sabotage - How to stop worrying - Get Rid of Victim Mentality – Embarrassment - Dining Out Nerves - Positive Thinking - Mountains Out of Molehills - Get Over the Past - Away From Home - Meeting Anxiety? – Make the Most of Today - Be Resilient - Fear of Going Mad - Small Places - Driving Anxiety - Fear and Anxiety - Beat Social Nerves - Elevator Phobia - Ease Anxiety Attacks - Be More Trusting - Let Other Approach - Get Over Past Hurts - Be More Secure - More Independence - Obsessive Thoughts - Obsessive Compulsive - Instant Calm - Relaxation Breathing - Meditate with Hypnosis.

Hypnosis therapy is a suggested form of therapy due to its versatility of being able to take the CD with you to keep your mind focused on overcoming anxiety and avoid any attack from taking place. You can listen to this as you drive and the CD can be used in a jog free CD player which allows you to listen as you walk.


Other treatments used in relation to self help for anxiety are relaxation exercises such as breathing exercises, meditation, visualization, yoga, and guided imagery.

Breathing Relaxation exercises are the simplest, quickest, most convenient and one of the most effective ways to deal with the stress of agoraphobia that you can use any time and any place. As soon as you feel a panic attack coming on it is important to start your breathing techniques to diffuse the attack.

Visualization techniques will also be valuable to you during this time to overcome anxiety. You will need to practice this technique so that you will have a predetermined visualization that will trigger your body to relax and offset the attack.


Meditation, yoga and guided imagery are techniques that can be used at home daily to maintain a relaxed pattern of thought as well as relaxing the body from becoming tense. Sometimes when fearing that an anxiety attack may occur, this in itself is a trigger for having an attack.

It is critical to start treatment as early as possible for agoraphobia to avoid seclusion and depression from escalating. Therapists may suggest some behavior therapy in an attempt to modify the individual’s perception of the fearful events, counseling, hypnosis therapy, or temporary anti anxiety medications.

When seeking help from a therapist they will be interested in knowing the symptoms that you are having.

These may be signs that you experience with extreme fear such as upset stomach, chest pain, sweaty hands, hot flashes and flushed face, rapid heart beat, palpitations, trembling, trouble breathing or swallowing, dizziness, have a fear of dying or losing control of emotions or behavior, or any other noticeable symptoms. When experiencing the panic attack it is important to note how often they occur, the duration of time they are present, what if any known triggers may be responsible for the attacks and how they negatively affect your life.


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