Are you tired of not being able to live life as you once did, and being afraid of life? Have psychotherapeutic measures, treatments, medications and guidelines offered been only modestly effective? Usually the agoraphobic person has lost the ability to inhibit the sensory stimulus from their environment. These symptoms are similar to a person who has a hangover as they have burned up all the inhibitory neurotransmitters the night before, and the next morning lights hurt, sounds hurt, etc. For the agoraphobic, it is often that this inability for the brain to modulate stimulus is a chronic situation. By repairing the neurochemistry using targeted neurochemical precursor therapy, and the removal of impairing neurotoxins, it is possible to achieve a lasting result in abating agoraphobia symptoms.

Agoraphobia may be challenging, but can be overcome without the use of mind-numbing drugs.

The debilitating symptoms of agoraphobia may be corrected with proper treatment and this can open up other options for treatment without focusing primarily on medication as treatment. The medications typically used are benzodiazepines like Valium, Xanax or Ativan. Statistically, Agoraphobia is estimated to affect from 5 million to 20 million Americans. What does agoraphobia mean? Agora comes from the latin word for marketplace or place of public gatherings + phobia comes from the Greek phobos, meaning irrational fear. So we could say agoraphobia is a condition of being fearful for no apparent or rational reason, of places like shopping centers, outdoor spaces, gathering places, workplaces, open fields and so on. It is interesting to note that the term first emerged in an 1873 psychiatric journal in an article penned by a Dr. Westphal. The suffix “phobia” became widely used in the 1800’s to describe all sorts of specific types of elements that persons felt afraid of.

Through investigating the possible underlying causes of symptoms, relief can be achieved and progress can be made with agoraphobia treatment.

The reactions and symptoms of agoraphobia are described as extremely overwhelming to those who suffer from them. Agoraphobics tend to stay indoors, avoiding any public gathering places or similar triggers. Treatment for agoraphobia has tended to reside in drugs, like benzodiazepines, to numb these unwanted feelings of dread and overpowering fear and to calm the heart rate and slow down respiration. Where a specific incident preceded the condition such as having been kidnapped, or assaulted, counseling can relieve some of the stress, thereby freeing the person from these trigger points. Additionally, exciting progress has been made in researching the factors that may contribute to the condition, such as dietary modifications to reduce overproduction of adrenaline, exercises like slow stretching to remove lactic acid in the muscle tissues, nutritional supplements like the amino acid taurine, which can greatly relieve the symptoms commonly associated with agoraphobia, and many others.

Agoraphobia may be challenging, but can be overcome without the use of mind-numbing drugs.

Here at Alternative to Meds Center, one of our goals is to help individuals who have been searching for a non-medication based protocol to find relief from their agora or other phobia. As stated earlier, if one suffers from agoraphobia, one is not alone. Millions are suffering and perhaps unnecessarily. More cutting edge technology relating to this debilitating condition is available more than ever before.

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. John Motl, M.D.

Dr. Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine.  Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.

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