Does walking down a crowded street make you anxious? Does being part of a large group of people induce a panic attack? There's a name for that: enochlophobia. Enochlophobia is the fear of large crowds and gatherings of people. A common social phobia which can be linked to traumatic life events, stress, or genetics it is more common in women than in men. While the symptoms are different for each person, learning how to overcome your enochlophobia is important and can help make even the most ordinary task, like a trip to the grocery store or attending a festival, more comfortable for you. If you need depression therapy in Raleigh, NC, please call Legacy Freedom today.
Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:
- Confusion or racing thoughts
- Increased heartrate
- Rapid breathing
- Inability to distinguish reality
- Shaking or trembling
- Panic attacks
- Sudden urge to flee
- Aggressive behavior
With the holiday season just around the corner, learning some easy tricks to combat this fear can make shopping and celebrations a little more enjoyable. Here are some things to try the next time you're a part of a large crowd:
- Remember you can leave anytime. Choosing to go someplace like a shopping mall or a convention center is not like going to work or school, you don't have to stay there. There are plenty of exits. You can leave at any time. For some people knowing that they do not have remain in the situation gives them enough comfort that they can relax and enjoy the experience.
- Make a list before you go. When you are headed to an outlet mall or a craft show, make a list of the things you need to get while you are there. Having a list to focus on can help distract your brain from how crowded it is.
- Take along a friend. Before you go, share your concerns about being in the crowded space. Your friend can help you stay present in the moment and can help you navigate to an exit should you need to leave.
- Don't get hungry, thirsty or overtired. These are the three situations that can bring on negative emotions most quickly. If you know you will be at an event or out shopping for long periods of time, bring along some water and a snack or plan a meal as part of your excursion. Being able to sit down, eat something, hydrate, and refocus your thoughts and energy may be just what you need to let you get back to the activity at hand.
Struggling with crowds can limit your activities and make it difficult to enjoy being with family and friends. Don't let your fear and anxiety keep you at home. Trust Legacy Freedom and our professional staff to help you overcome your enochlophobia. Together with your therapist, you will work one-on-one to discover the root of your crowd anxiety. Knowing the origin of your fear can help you overcome it through group therapy and alternative therapies.
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Legacy Freedom of Raleigh utilizes group therapy to help you find support from and connect with your peers. Forming bonds with people who share the same anxieties can provide encouragement and empowerment when you are away from our outpatient facility. Stop letting your fear control your life. Connect with Legacy to learn more about our alternative treatment methods and how we can help you stop sitting on the sidelines of your life!
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