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What Is the Treatment for Autophobia?

K.C. Bruning
K.C. Bruning

There are several methods of treating the symptoms of autophobia. Some of the most common include medication, different kinds of therapy, and relaxation techniques. Many doctors will combine methods in order to cover all areas the phobia affects. The primary goals of treatment are to ease anxiety and train the mind to discard negative feelings associated with being alone.

Anti-anxiety medication is frequently prescribed for patients with autophobia. While these drugs are not expected to cure the condition, they do often enable the patient to manage fear while undergoing treatments that address the root of the problem. Medication may also lessen the intensity of physical attacks, which can sometimes be so intense that they lead to a heart attack or death.

Fear or being lonely or alone is the most common form of autophobia.
Fear or being lonely or alone is the most common form of autophobia.

Relaxation techniques may also be used to lessen the anxiety associated with autophobia. These techniques typically center on the practice of deep, focused breathing. Patients may also be led through visualization exercises. In addition to treating symptoms, these exercises can be used by the patient as a coping mechanism in the midst of attack.

Some of the most thorough methods used to treat autophobia can be found in different kinds of therapy. Behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and exposure therapy can all be used to address the problem. Therapists may also recommend self-hypnosis to break the pattern of negative thought. Often, autophobia is caused by a past trauma. The overall goal of therapy is to fix the root of the problem by helping the patient to overcome that incident.

Relaxation techniques may be used to lessen the anxiety associated with autophobia.
Relaxation techniques may be used to lessen the anxiety associated with autophobia.

Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral therapies help to guide the patient away from actions that worsen the symptoms of autophobia. Exposure therapy is a method of easing the patient into spending time alone and not having to rely on having a trusted individual nearby. These techniques are typically introduced gradually in order to reduce the chances of a patient having a violent physical reaction.

Someone with autophobia may have a heightened fear of experiencing some catastrophe.
Someone with autophobia may have a heightened fear of experiencing some catastrophe.

The most common form of autophobia is an overwhelming and constant fear of being alone or lonely. Symptoms can happen while sufferers are alone or because they feel alone in the company of others. People with this condition may be concerned about intruders, being ignored, or having no one to love them. Often the individual will know these fears are irrational, but will still feel anxiety. There is also a rare form of autophobia where the sufferer experiences intense fear or hatred of self.

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anon224060

Anxiety attacks do not lead to heart attacks or death.

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    • Fear or being lonely or alone is the most common form of autophobia.
      By: poco_bw
      Fear or being lonely or alone is the most common form of autophobia.
    • Relaxation techniques may be used to lessen the anxiety associated with autophobia.
      By: Inger Anne Hulb├Žkdal
      Relaxation techniques may be used to lessen the anxiety associated with autophobia.
    • Someone with autophobia may have a heightened fear of experiencing some catastrophe.
      By: FrankBirds
      Someone with autophobia may have a heightened fear of experiencing some catastrophe.
    • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be helpful in treating autophobia.
      By: nadezhda1906
      Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be helpful in treating autophobia.
    • Deep, focused breathing are often part of the relaxation techniques that can help to reduce the anxiety associated with autophobia.
      By: Antonioguillem
      Deep, focused breathing are often part of the relaxation techniques that can help to reduce the anxiety associated with autophobia.
    • People with autophobia may benefit from hypnosis.
      By: Ambrophoto
      People with autophobia may benefit from hypnosis.
    • Someone with autophobia may go to great lengths to avoid being alone.
      By: Igor Mojzes
      Someone with autophobia may go to great lengths to avoid being alone.
    • Trembling may occur as a result of various phobias, including autophobia.
      By: blanche
      Trembling may occur as a result of various phobias, including autophobia.