Agoraphobia

At Your Service Psychiatry

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners & TeleMedicine Providers located in Bloomingdale, IL & Coeur d'Alene, ID

If you’re finding it a challenge to leave the safety of your home to work or study and are too scared to go to your doctor because of agoraphobia, Allison Sikorsky, PMHNP, of At Your Service Psychiatry can help. From the sanctuary of your home, you can benefit from Allison’s help via video link. At Your Service Psychiatry has its base in Bloomingdale, Illinois, but Allison has licenses to provide telepsychiatry services in 20 states nationwide. To see available appointments and schedule, click the button below today.

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Agoraphobia Q & A

What is agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is a fear of being in a confined space or anywhere where you feel trapped. It’s a type of anxiety disorder that can make it very hard to cope with everyday experiences like being in crowds, getting into elevators, or traveling by public transport.

Your fear is far more than just an uncomfortable feeling or a dislike of being in these situations. Agoraphobia can be paralyzing, causing panic attacks and an inability to function that you can’t control.

Severe agoraphobia can keep people trapped in their homes, afraid to risk getting caught in a situation that causes a panic attack.

What is a panic attack?

Panic attacks happen when your fear reaches a critical point, and you suffer extreme distress that makes you feel a sudden loss of control. You might freeze and be unable to move, start screaming uncontrollably or suffer severe chest pain.

Often, people who believe they’re having a heart attack are, in fact, having a panic attack. Other symptoms of panic attacks include:

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Choking feeling
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Feeling shaky
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Excessive sweating
  • Sudden chills or flushing
  • Stomach upset or diarrhea

The fear of experiencing the effects of a panic attack is a major concern for people who have agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders. Agoraphobia can, in fact, develop because of your dread of experiencing a panic attack.

How is agoraphobia treated?

Treatment for agoraphobia typically involves both psychotherapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be beneficial for people with anxiety disorders. 

It shows you how to address your fears and respond rationally, realigning your thought processes, so you learn to manage your agoraphobia.

If you have agoraphobia, then visiting a psychiatrist’s office could be a considerable challenge. Even if you can make it there, you’re likely to feel very distressed, which won’t help you make the most of your consultation.

Allison has the perfect alternative for anyone who has agoraphobia. Her practice, At Your Service Psychiatry, utilizes videoconferencing technology so you don’t have to leave your home to talk to her.

What are the benefits of videoconferencing for treating agoraphobia?

Videoconferencing is just like talking on Facetime. You can see Allison, and she can see you, and you carry on your conversation in the same way you would in person. What’s different is you don’t have the stress of leaving home to benefit from Allison’s expertise.

With her help, you can work on reducing the anxiety and lowering the risk of panic attacks. Allison can also prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication to help while you undergo therapy.

If agoraphobia is affecting your life, you can now access treatment using the At Your Service Psychiatry telepsychiatry system in 20 states across the nation. To see available appointments and schedule, book an appointment online today.

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