Out of all the phobias in existence, agoraphobia is one of the most crippling of all. The stems from a deep fear of unfamiliar or potentially uncomfortable situations, and can grow to the point where a sufferer becomes a shut-in. If you suffer from agoraphobia, you shouldn't let this condition dominate you. You can learn about this phobia and find out how to overcome it by using hypnosis therapy.

The word agoraphobia literally means "fear of the marketplace," but people may feel nervous in any place where there is a crowd. These settings are nearly always public locations or unfamiliar locations outside of home. Sufferers may be afraid of being in airplanes, lines, restaurants, shopping centers, or any place where they might not feel completely secure.

Those with agoraphobia are afraid of having nervous feelings or anxiety attacks in a situation where it might be hard or impossible for them to get away. People with agoraphobia usually lead happy and normal lives in the settings where they feel secure, even visiting with guests and holding a job from the comfort of their own homes. Unfortunately, agoraphobia can be so serious that many times sufferers will only feel safe in the most confined areas. A recently publicized case involved a woman whose anxiety was so extreme that she wouldn't come out of her bathroom for several years, causing damage to her own health as a result.

Agoraphobia often stems from other panic disorders and fears. For example, sufferers of social phobia often develop agoraphobia because they are afraid of having to interact with other people. It may also be caused by traumatic incidents such as having an accident far from home. War veterans frequently develop the condition along with post-traumatic stress disorder. It affects both women and men, though it is thought that agoraphobia is more common in women.

People suffering from agoraphobia might believe that they risk embarrassing themselves if they leave their home and experience an anxiety attack. It can be embarrassing for a phobia sufferer to exhibit symptoms such as sweating, shaking, or nervous breakdowns and feel powerless to control it.

Agoraphobia is frequently treated with counseling or medication. Agoraphobia can be quite challenging to treat because sufferers may also have other phobias and root causes for their fears.

The reason why people with phobias cannot seem to suppress their fears is because their emotions are rooted at the unconscious level of the mind. No amount of willpower or conscious effort can be completely effective to suppress a fear that comes from this deep within the mind.

Hypnosis techniques found in Ericksonian hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) are effective on phobias because they operate at the unconscious level. Hypnotherapy is an ideal treatment option because it is non-invasive and safe, with no negative side effects.

There are Ericksonian hypnosis therapy and NLP programs available on CD that are incredible because they can treat any phobia, or even multiple phobias if required. It is unnecessary to use a program that deals specifically with each phobia. This is because a good program will operate on the thought process that triggers every phobia. This makes this type of program ideal for many sufferers of agoraphobia.

Additionally, a good multi-session program will offer multiple techniques, which will make the program work for virtually every user. Using a step-by-step process, people can overcome their phobias with relative ease.

Achieving a relaxed state is the first step in the hypnotherapy phobia program. As a type of therapy, hypnosis has been used for years for relaxation, allowing even the biggest worriers feel calm and relaxed. Once a person is free of anxiety, NLP techniques eliminate a phobia by altering the single thought process that is responsible for it.

Ericksonian hypnotherapy is a sophisticated type of hypnotherapy that utilizes suggestions hidden in a conversation, metaphor, or story to treat a phobia. Ericksonian hypnotherapy works more effectively than conventional hypnosis because the unconscious mind finds it harder to resist suggestions that are not obvious, than simple direct suggestions. Instead of direct suggestions, which simply try to "tell" your unconscious what to do, indirect suggestions that are found in stories and metaphors will direct your mind into a positive, stress-free thought process.

People who find themselves too afraid to leave the house can rediscover their confidence and freedom by trying hypnosis. A program with Ericksonian hypnotherapy techniques and NLP techniques is ideal for people who want to beat their fears permanently. Hypnosis therapies produce a tremendous benefit for people with agoraphobia and other phobias.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH is a certified hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner in practice since 1978. Review his programs at his Agoraphobia Treatment website where he offers hypnosis and NLP CDs. Visit his hypnosis library, or download a free MP3.