Being agoraphobic can take many forms, and most people with agoraphobia are t utter shut-ins. Instead, they may have trouble walking outside alone for fear of feeling dizzy and falling down, or be afraid of driving on the freeway because they might faint, or avoid public venues for fear of losing physical or emotional control in a crowded place. Whatever form this highly treatable and surprisingly common anxiety disorder takes, agoraphobics are often desperate to change.
C. Alec Pollard, the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center in Saint Louis, and Elke Zuercher-White, agoraphobia expert and author of An End to Panic, team up to produce the first self-help resource dedicated to helping readers overcome agoraphobia in all its forms. Together they provide clear information about how the disorder develops, and practical, step-by-step treatment strategies readers can use to put an end to their specific fears and symptoms. In an interactive, easy-to-follow style, the workbook takes readers through exposure and desensitization exercises. By taking it step-by-step, readers are able to accomplish such feats as walking outside, driving, taking public transportation, and going to stores and malls. Final sections help readers avoid relapses, manage setbacks, and find help and support