Shopping and agoraphobia can be a scary combination. Crowds can trigger panic attacks. Even if you don't get a panic attack, being in a crowd can make you extremely nervous.

This is understandable, since you don't want anything happening to you in a crowded situation where escape may not be possible. You are aware that people may be looking at you.

It's Important To Think Positively

You may even get a little paranoid, which doesn't really help the situation. You may start wondering about what others are thinking or saying. This is where your thoughts play a big part.

You are in charge of your thoughts. You are in control of your thoughts. You may not be in control of the panic and agoraphobia (right now), but you're in charge of what you're thinking; no one else is.

People with agoraphobia tend to be uncomfortable in places like elevators, shopping malls and restaurants. These are places where an attack can cause them to be embarrassed or lose control.

Since a panic attack can be extremely frightening and can hit you suddenly, going shopping and standing in line to pay can cause extreme anxiety. This can even trigger an attack.

This is bad enough, but being closed in with people in front of you and behind you could make things get 'out of hand'. You don't want to be stared at. Thus, shopping and agoraphobia can be frightening.

Things To Help With Agoraphobia

The problem with agoraphobia is the panic attack. You don't wish to feel the frightening sensations, so you learn avoidance. This in turn feeds your fears. You need to change your thinking.

You should also learn to practice proper abdominal breathing. If and when panic strikes, you'll be calmer as you concentrate and apply this technique. The intensity and duration may be less as you 'ride' through panic.

You can also make little changes in your life that can reduce anxiety. Exercise, eat well and cut down on sugar and caffeine. You might want to consider trying hypnosis.

However, the one thing I would recommend above all else is PureCalm. It's a herbal remedy that has been effective in reducing panic attacks. I know how hard agoraphobia can be, so a confidence-booster is most welcome.

Take this remedy and start to go to shops close by where there are no huge line-ups. Practice slowly and persevere. You'll eventually make progress and feel proud of yourself. And rightly so!

Author's Bio: 

Giri Anantha has extensive experience in panic attacks, panic disorder and agoraphobia. His website is called Panic And Agoraphobia and this article can be found on his site at this URL: