What is Agraphobia? How Can You Deal With It?

Public awareness campaigns have brought to light the prevalence of sexual assault in today's society.  Both men and women are becoming more aware of this public safety risk and what steps should be taken to keep oneself safe while carrying out normal routines like going to work or school.

However, the massive amount of information now available about this risk has also contributed to a rise in the number of agraphobia cases reported each year.  Agraphobia, or the fear of sexual assault, is not only found in survivors of this offense, but also in people who have learned about its prevalence from media and other sources, sometimes friends or acquaintances. While this phobia is reported about less often in the mainstream, it still stands to reason for why you need to learn about agraphobia and the methods in which it can be dealt with effectively in people who suffer from severe cases of it.

Learning about the Symptoms

Few people actually stop and wonder if they suffer from this psychological condition.  They may argue that they feel perfectly fine and are in total control of their emotions, in fact.

However, in reality, they may exhibit one or more of the symptoms associated with this phobia.  You can determine better if you likewise are coping with agraphobia when you are out in public by doing some preliminary research about the condition online.

Once you find a website that has a full list of symptoms commonly experienced by sufferers of the phobia, you can be better informed.  For example, some of the more intense symptoms range from difficulty speaking and breathing, to sudden onsets of diarrhea.  These symptoms are defense mechanisms.  However, they are also problematic of a more serious underlying issue that stems from your fear of being targeted by a sexual predator.

Suffering from these symptoms, as well as the actual fear of being sexually assaulted anytime you leave the house, prevents you from living a normal, happy, and productive life.  You cannot fully engage with society, and you miss out on the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the people around you.

When you are serious about overcoming these symptoms, as well as the actual agraphobia itself, you may wonder what treatment options are available to you.  By visiting the website, you can explore the available treatment options and select the ones that best align with your particular psychological needs.  You can also enroll in treatment by contacting a mental health provider or hospital in your area.

Treatment Methods for Agraphobia

This phobia mimics other psychological conditions like anxiety or claustrophobia.  In fact, most phobias are accompanied by symptoms that include difficulty breathing and increased heart rate.

As such, the methods used to treat agraphobia are not much different than those used to treat other social and psychological phobias.  For example, psychiatrists and counselors have long recommended meditation and yoga as treatment options for people who suffer from these mental health conditions.
These exercises induce feelings of relaxation and calm while quelling the rise of panic, fear, and hyper awareness of one's surroundings.

Likewise, healthcare providers often recommend that people with this phobia visit with a mental health doctor regularly to vocalize their fears and get objective feedback on how to control it.  Psychiatrists and counselors may be able to calm sufferers' fears through individual counseling sessions.  Patients also may benefit by participating in group counseling sessions.

Finally, sufferers with intense agraphobia may benefit by taking some type of medication that can calm their emotions and help them engage again with society.  Medicines like antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs are effective in helping the brain produce the right combination of chemicals for good mental health.  Depending on the severity of the phobia, sufferers may need to stay on these medicines for a few months to a year or longer.

Agraphobia is a serious mental health issue that interrupts the normal lives of people who are afraid of being sexually assaulted.  This phobia continues to be reported in higher numbers thanks to public awareness of the issue.  As distressing as it can be on a person's life, it can be treated with methods that range from daily yoga to regular counseling sessions.  People with severe cases of it may benefit from medications like anti-anxiety drugs. There are ways to deal with this phobia if you have it.

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  1. I have never heard of agraphobia so found this really interesting

    1. I had never heard of it before this either, Jo-Anne. I can see how it would affect some people, though. And although my "fear" is not actually a phobia, there's a reason I won't walk by myself in our local park!


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