Fear Accompanied By Excessive Anxiety If You Are In A Crowd?

Hello, doctor. I have experienced this disorder for a long time (I don’t know what it’s called), I always feel scared, anxious, and anxious when I’m in a crowd. That’s not it, sometimes a day or two before I will be in the crowd, I’m already worried and tend to be afraid. I have searched several times but I don’t want the fall to be pretentious about this disease. Who knows the doctor knows what this disease is and is there any suggestion? Thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello Fitriazr,

Thank you for the question.

Anxiety disorders can be caused by many things and have many characteristics, such as the duration of the disorder whether it has lasted more than a few days, weeks, months, or years, and accompanying symptoms such as body trembling, palpitations, difficulty breathing, nausea or diarrhea, muscle aches , difficulty concentrating, and the feeling of fear of death. Basically, anxiety disorders can have physical symptoms, cognitive symptoms (disturbances in thought patterns), and behavioral symptoms (doing something to overcome anxiety).

Here are the possible causes of anxiety disorders:

  Agoraphobia, usually characterized by fear in crowded places such as highways, markets, or schools. Can be accompanied by the belief that fear is seen by others, unable to escape the situation, and tends to avoid such crowded places. Social anxiety disorder, usually characterized by fear of interacting with others. Comprehensive anxiety disorder, which usually lasts more than 6 months and is characterized by difficulty concentrating and tense muscles. Factors that cause these disorders can be due to a negative experience that becomes a psychological trauma, can be due to heredity, personality disorders, side effects of certain drugs or certain illnesses suffered. If the complaint is very disturbing, you can immediately consult a mental specialist or psychologist. The doctor will ask more about your complaints, do a physical examination if needed, and the doctor will provide therapy that is appropriate to your complaint. The therapy can be with psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy for 10-20 sessions, or by using drugs such as antidepressants and anti anxiety.

What you can do to reduce complaints:

 Learn relaxation techniques, such as controlling your breath by pulling for 4 seconds, holding it for 4 seconds, and releasing it for 6 seconds. Perform good stress management. Identify what makes you afraid of the condition that you experience, understand, and control the disturbance of feelings. Start getting used to being exposed to what you fear, slowly from mild or moderate exposure. This is called desentisization therapy. Do a healthy lifestyle, adequate nutrition including vegetables and fruit and can take vitamin supplements, exercise, and activate a hobby. Hopefully this information can help. Thank you very much.

Regards,

dr. Talitha.

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