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Monophobia: How to Cope With Monophobia

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 275

Monophobia is one of the most debilitating phobias that you can suffer from. It is a fear of being alone, which can obviously have a very serious impact on your life. If you have to constantly be around other people there will be lots of things that you are not going to be able to do. This is why it is necessary to learn how to cope with the condition.

Most people who suffer from monophobia will have a panic attack if they are left alone, in order to cope with the phobia you are going to have to be able to control the panic attack when it occurs. Most experts agree that the best way to do this is by learning techniques to control your breathing. Most panic attacks result in people hyperventilating so this is an important skill to learn. Ideally if you can control your breathing before you start to panic you will be able to prevent it becoming a full blown panic attack. There are lots of resources that you can use that will teach you techniques that you can use so it is best to look into some of these.

The next step to dealing with your monophobia is to figure out a way to function in daily life. This can be a problem for a lot of people depending on how serious the problem is. If you absolutely cannot be on your own at any time you are going to have to find people that you can be around all the time. This is not that hard to do if you live with somebody. Since there are few people with monophobia who live alone it should be possible to find somebody to be around.

Obviously needing to be around other people all the time is not a long term solution as it does not address the problem. Therefore the next step in coping with your monophobia is to slowly desensitize yourself. This means that you are going to have to start spending some time alone. The best way to do this is to start very slowly and do it for short periods of time. In the early days you will want to make sure that there are other people nearby in case you do panic. As you get more comfortable you will be able to move further and further away from your safety net. When you first start desensitizing yourself it is best to stay in places that you are comfortable like your home as you don't want to add more things that may frighten you.

The above techniques will be useful in helping you control your monophobia so that you can reach the point where you can function in daily life. It will not however cure the condition in most people. In order to do that you are going to need the assistance of a therapist. During therapy you will explore the root causes of your fear so that you can address them and ultimately get over being afraid of being alone. This will usually take several months if not years of therapy so it is good to have coping mechanisms in place in the meantime.

Monophobia or a fear of being alone is a serious condition that you need to know how to deal with you suffer from it.

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