CBT Newtownabbey

People with agoraphobia often have very high anxiety when they go out , or when they do everyday activities, away from their home.

As their anxiety increases, to help ease it they start to avoid certain places, people or activities. They quickly learn that their anxiety decreases when they do these avoidances, and so they develop the habit of avoiding more and more situations. Additionally, they pick up numerous safety behaviours which also help to ease their anxiety.

Unfortunately as they opt out of their usual activities, their self-confidence drops. Inevitably they lose contact with friends and their general lifestyle suffers as they avoid more and more situations.

We can help look at the many subtle avoidances and behaviour patterns which people adopt and which actually keep the cycle of agoraphobia going.....