Fear of Supermarkets
Fear of Supermarkets
It’s estimated that more than 19 million people in this country have a specific phobia. When considering phobias, they can be anything from the fear of driving a car to the dismay of crossing a bridge. Though these worries are irrational as they are anxiety-based, to the person suffering from these conditions, the imminent danger is very real.
It’s hard to imagine that people are afraid of supermarkets, but about five percent of the population suffers from this horror. Yes, the stores that carry all the necessary items that it takes to run a home are danger zones for those who have agoraphobia.
It’s important to remember when dealing with a phobia that anxiety is an irrational fear. They are silly and unfounded. One bad experience can be forever ingrained in your brain, and you will fear for the worst. Consequently, fear doesn’t have to rule your life anymore. You can take control and desensitize that anxiety and get rid of the phobia.
Symptoms of Super Market Phobias
The underlying cause of agoraphobia is anxiety. Typically, a person has a panic attack or other instance that occurs inside the supermarket. The brain automatically associates the trauma with that location, which causes the person to fear and avoid the situation. Agoraphobia is when anxiety interferes so much with someone’s life that they become limited in where they go. Many become housebound, but that’s not always the case.
What is it about grocery stores that seem to be so scary? Well, first, there is a great deal of noise. The sound of cash registers scanning, carts trolling by, children screaming, and the hustle and bustle are overstimulating. Those who suffer from anxiety find that the people, lights, and noise, cause sensory overload. Plus, there’s the fear of being trapped in the line at the checkout or being embarrassed should an attack happen while shopping.
If you’re suffering from a supermarket phobia, you will experience a racing heart, dizziness, sweating, feeling like you’re going to pass out, confusion, and a variety of other symptoms upon entering the store. For some, it’s the wide-open spaces that make them feel vulnerable. Others cannot stand areas where the aisles are crowded and hard to maneuver.
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