Topophobia- Fear of certain places or situations, such as stage fright
Topophobia is defined as the fear of certain situations, and fear of the fear of certain places.
Is the persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of certain circumstances, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. It is an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to certain circumstances.
Cases of fear of certain places of situations are usually (although not always) caused by an intense negative experience from the past. But the mind can also create that fear seemingly without basis. Those at greatest risk include:
• People with a general tendency towards fear and anxiety
• People characterized as ‘high strung’
• People suffering from adrenal insufficiency.
Topophobic symptoms can be mental, emotional and physical. The anxiety and fear can go from mild feelings of apprehension to a full-blown panic attack.
Mental Symptoms include obsessive thoughts difficulty, thinking about anything other than the fear, feelings of unreality or of being detached from oneself, fear of losing control or going crazy, fear of fainting. Emotional Symptoms include anticipatory anxiety, persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve certain circumstances, terror and a desire to flee. Physical Symptoms include dizziness, shaking, palpitations, shortness of breath, palpitations, chest pain, trembling or shaking, sweating, nausea.
There are two ways of helping you get over your fear of certain places of situations. One can either work through a home study program at his own pace, or work one-on-one with a board certified practitioner.