Demophobia

WHAT IS DEMOPHOBIA?

This time we will talk about the fear of crowds. That’s right, demophobia or enoclophobia is defined as the irrational and unjustified fear of crowds and being in their midst.

People with this disorder tend to avoid practically any place where large numbers of people go.

The way each person suffers from this disorder is different and will depend on the nature of the event that caused it, how long the person has been suffering from it, among other factors.

We must differentiate this phobia towards any type of crowd form with the phobia towards crowds called Enoclophobia.

PHOBIA OF CROWDS

Fear can vary a lot, with the most common being those people who feel overwhelmed when they are caught in the middle of a crowd, even those who feel fear even being in a family gathering.

When finding themselves in these situations, people often have negative thoughts of all kinds.

Common examples include being trapped to death, contracting a virus, and getting lost in the crowd. The causes of this phobia can be different; it can occur genetically, that is, it has been transmitted from father to son.

It usually affects women more than men and can occur from a traumatic event that has taken place in the person’s past .

There is also the case of extremely shy individuals, who panic because they consider that they cannot understand other people.

On the other hand, there are demophobics who think that they will be rejected by others, which generates great anxiety.

SYMPTOMS OF DEMOPHOBIA

This disorder is actually quite common but, as mentioned above, it can vary quite a bit from person to person. It could be said that one of the main symptoms of demophobia is social isolation, since those who suffer from it will want to avoid social conventions of any kind ( libraries, shopping centers, parties and many others ).

When faced with a crowd, those affected will go through reactions characteristic of phobia, such as feeling very heavy breathing, high sweating, increased heartbeat, feeling nauseous and dizzy , fear of contracting diseases, panic attacks , among others; remember that, just as the intensity of the phobia can vary in each person, their reactions do too.

The vast majority of adults who suffer from this disorder have identified that their fears are irrational and senseless , so they try to combat their phobia.

TREATMENT TO OVERCOME DEMOPHOBIA

Today there are many ways to treat specific phobias.

Among the most effective there is, we can mention cognitive-behavioral therapy ( CBT ), in which a trained therapist treats both the subject’s cognitive area and their behavior.

There is also systematic desensitization in which, as in the previous one, there is a trained therapist who basically makes the patient face his phobias and that, with the support of the person who is helping him, the patient has the tools necessary to overcome your irrational fear.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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