I love Dr. Oz. He brings up health subjects that apply to everyone, and treats every situation with warmth and the dignity that it deserves. He doesn’t present his guests like they are from a sideshow circus and I applaud him for this.
I was absolutely delighted that he aired a segment on agoraphobia yesterday. I happened upon it completely by accident, and sat there with a smile on my face because he did a tremendous job of explaining everything about the condition with his sincere warmth and compassion.
He describes agoraphobia as a ‘crippling anxiety of being in public spaces’, when fear prevents you from doing the things in life that you normally would. He had a guest on via Skype who was housebound and also spoke to her husband in the audience. They were a loving couple slowly working their way though this terrible ordeal. My heart went out to them.
Dr. Oz presented a lot of useful information on the condition. Among them are agoraphobia risk factors:
- Being female. Women are diagnosed 4 times more often than men
- Having a history of panic attacks. This is the most significant predisposing factor.
- A family history of anxiety or mood disorders
- Going through significant stress or life changes, be it good or bad.
Agoraphobia symptoms include:
- Severe anxiety or panic attacks
- Fear of being alone
- Fear of losing control in public
- Becoming housebound
- Being overly dependent on other people in your life
- Physical symptoms such as abdominal and chest pain, dizziness, nausea, sweating
I am aware of how many people suffer from nervous disorders and did a post on it awhile back, but Dr. Oz used his studio audience to illustrate the numbers. He asked four questions of his audience to see if anyone had symptoms of agoraphobia. It was incredible to see how many people right in his audience had risk factors.
1 in 20 people have agoraphobia. That’s more than 3,500,000 Americans. That’s a LOT of people.
The good doctor stressed that effective treatment is available, and that support should consistently encourage the sufferer to venture outside of her safety zone.
His website says that ‘Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication are sometimes used to treat the disorder’ This is the only statement I have to disagree with. I think these meds are hugely overprescribed and often the first or only thing a doctor will do for his agoraphobic patient. That was certainly the case with me.
Do you suffer from unexpected panic attacks and extreme anxiety at the thought of driving a car, being in crowded places, being in long lines, or being away from home?
Take the agoraphobia quiz at http://www.doctoroz.com/quiz/agoraphobia-quiz
I am successfully using the Panic Away program for my agoraphobia and urge you to do the same. Try Panic Away today and start living the life you so deserve. Together we can heal 🙂
I wish you peace,
ps. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it feels to be able to do the things that I avoided for years, like going to church and leisurely enjoying grocery shopping, because of this program. I am also 75% off my anti anxiety medication (Klonopin) because of Panic Away. This is the only time in my adult life that I have been this close to being 100% medication free and I am so very happy.