Being agoraphobic can take many forms, and most people with agoraphobia are not complete shut-ins. Instead, they may have trouble walking outside alone for fear of feeling dizzy and falling down, or be afraid of driving on the freeway because they might faint, or avoid public venues for fear of losing physical or emotional control in a crowded place. Whatever form agoraphobia takes, it is a highly treatable and surprisingly common anxiety disorder.
The Agoraphobia Workbook can help you or someone you love overcome agoraphobia in any of its forms. The book offers clear information about how the disorder develops and a practical, step-by-step treatment strategy you can use to control specific fears and symptoms. In an interactive, easy-to-follow style, the workbook takes you through exposure and desensitization exercises. By taking it step-by-step, you can work up to formerly difficult tasks like walking outside, driving, taking public transportation, and going to stores and malls. The book also includes tips on avoiding relapses, managing setbacks, and finding help and support.
C. Alec Pollard, PhD, is founding director of the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, and professor emeritus of family and community medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is a licensed psychologist with a special interest in the study and treatment of individuals with anxiety and emotional disorders who refuse or otherwise fail to benefit from evidence-based treatment. Pollard, codeveloper of the family well-being approach (FWBA), has authored or coauthored more than one hundred publications and leads the Family Consultation Team at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute.
Elke Zuercher-White, PhD received her degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and has been specializing in anxiety disorders for over fifteen years. She is certified in the psychosocial treatment of panic disorder by Psychosocial Therapeutic Systems and in group psychotherapy by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (affiliated with the American Group Psychotherapy Association). She is a pioneer in the use of group therapy to treat panic disorder and has given numerous addresses and training workshops on anxiety disorders throughout North and South America.
She has been on the staff of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group since 1981 and maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of An End to Panic and The Agoraphobia Workbook.