Agrophobia: a disease of housewives
Panic attacks can be so frightening that any woman who has experienced them can begin to avoid situations or places where they occurred. This is the way in which agoraphobia is formed, which is also called the fear of open spaces.
“This type of phobia is most common among women,” says Paula Levin.
Contrary to the name, in reality, it is the fear of being alone in any crowded place, from which, as you think, it would be difficult to get out during a panic attack. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that almost 8 percent of American women experience this disorder in their lives — more than twice as often as men.
“At first, every woman who has experienced several panic attacks for several months is trying to sensibly assess what is happening, explains Dr. Levin. The woman looks around and says to herself: “I had a fit when I was in the car. It can happen when I'm driving in a car, ”or“ The attack happened in a supermarket. It should be repeated when I go shopping again. ” As a result, the woman stops driving and shopping. She gradually restricts her movement to places she considers safe; they are getting smaller, and in the end it turns out to be completely isolated from the world within the walls of her house. That is why this disease is known as the disease of housewives. ”
Fortunately, agoraphobia responds well to treatment, with which all doctors agree. Psychotherapy and visiting places where you experienced a panic attack can completely solve the problem.