Friday, 2 March 2012

Monophobia and Its Links to Agoraphobia and Other Anxiety Disorders

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Monophobia in an acute fear of being alone or in a place that is not familiar. In many cases, the fear of being left alone revolves around a single individual or small group of individuals. If you remove these individuals, the results are increased anxiety and nervousness. Eventually this can escalate into full panic attacks.

However, because of the nature of the disorder, many people do not even realize they have it until a major lifestyle change, such as a relocation or death in the family, occurs. Unfortunately, at this point, the rational, logical side of thinking has been replaced in large part by panic attacks and fears that can make diagnosing and progressing with the disorder particularly difficult.

Recent studies have helped to shed new light for many people affected by monophobia. These studies suggest that many social anxieties, such as monophobia tend to occur in clusters. For example, it is common for someone with monophobia to also experience symptoms of agoraphobia and general social anxiety disorders. By establishing a firm link between the disorders, doctors and loved ones have a greater chance of detecting symptoms, habits and behaviors that show tendencies towards these orders.

This can be crucial in effective treatment and management of monophobia or agoraphobia. As with many phobias, if a fear or irrational thought is allowed to take root and become a part of a person's daily lifestyle, it can be much more difficult to treat. This results in increased treatment times, increased stress and more effort to return to a standard quality of life and daily routine.

Two of the leading treatments for monophobia are cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. In many cases, combinations of the two therapies are used to achieve results. In cognitive behavioral therapy most often involves talking about thoughts, feelings and symptoms related to monophobia and providing sufferers methods of managing anxiety and suppressing fears and uncomfortable emotions. In many cases, just as an irrational fear can be learned, it can be unlearned through repeated logical analysis of the situation.

Once these methods are learned, exposure therapy is used to solidify the process. By exposing the patient to uncomfortable situations, such as removing their source of comfort, and coaching them through managing the anxiety as it occurs, patients can learn real ways of coping with fears and anxieties and help to overcome them. By repeated exposure to a stimulus and a controlled response, the patient often can come to terms with the nature of the fear and live a healthy, normal life.

Monophobia is an increasingly common anxiety disorder that affects countless people from around the world. However, with proper treatment and management, you or your loved one can overcome your fear of being alone.

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