Agoraphobia Symptoms Psychotherapy

Agoraphobia Symptoms Psychotherapy

Agoraphobia Symptoms Psychotherapy

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Agoraphobia Symptoms Psychotherapy

  1. Anxiety when the person is in places or situations from which escape may be very difficult (or embarrassing) or where help may not be available
  2. Fear of being away from home
  3. Fear of being in crowds or standing in lines
  4. Fear of being on a bridge
  5. Fear of traveling by bus, train or car
  6. Avoiding situations or expecting but with intense anxiety that a panic attack or similar symptoms will occur



Taking a baby away from its mother presupposes that it has established a secure bond with her in the first place. If this bond has not been established, then he will not be able to move away from her and at the same time he cannot accept being allowed to approach other people. As babies grow, they become curious and want to explore. This is an important step towards the psycho-emotional development of the baby. So at first he doesn’t have a strong body to crawl but he looks around. Gradually he starts to get stronger, he tries to sit up holding his trunk with mom’s help. Then it gets stronger and can crawl a little. This is always done with the help of the mother in between because there is also the fear of losing the mother.


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If the relationship established between mother and baby is one of trust, then there is safety. Trust wants you to understand me and for things to be repeated between us. If it’s you consistently taking care of me over and over again, then things are put into context. The frame gives me the boundaries to move, to play, to explore. If trust is not sufficient, that is, if you do not understand me enough and do not repeat what is important between us, then I am not going anywhere. I’m afraid, I don’t move forward, if I find myself among strangers I collapse, everything disappears, blurs, I’m looking for you, I have only you to hold on to and I have to go and look for you.

This is the agoraphobia which in psychotherapy we try to revive, that is, for the patient to relive his relationship with his mother within himself in the person of the therapist and in the special context of the psychotherapeutic relationship. There we can make amends when the relationship is stable, close and warm. These three characteristics give the relationship the conditions for the development of a primordial trust which is essential to the important bond that grows between the two parties.


See also: The sense of abandonment in the mental life

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