Agoraphobia Treatment Elkhart IN

Agoraphobia is characterized by fear of open places and an avoidance of crowded places, but is thought to originate from repeated, recurrent panic attacks that make the sufferer avoid more and more situations. Cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and some medications can help. See below for access to qualified anxiety disorder specialists in Elkhart, IN who provide agoraphobia treatment.

Ms. Shirley Souder
Shirley B. Souder, LCSW
(574) 295-1613
1750 Kilbourn Street
Elkhart, IN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Timothy A. Onkka
(574) 232-5237
150 W. Angela Blvd.
South Bend, IN
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Group Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio St U
Credentialed Since: 1994-04-07

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Mr. Neil Gilbert
Neil Gilbert Counseling & Healing Touch
(574) 287-0391
914 Lincolnway West
South Bend, IN
Credentials
Credentials: MA, MSW, LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Spiritual/Religious Concerns, Stress
Populations Served
Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59)

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Steve Turner
(574) 643-1981
McArthur Counseling Center - Elkhart Branch1515 Leininger Ave
Elkhart, IN
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears, Depression
Qualification
School: Indiana University
Year of Graduation: 2009
Years In Practice: 1 Year
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Karen Morris
(574) 207-4209
6910 North Main Street
Granger, IN
Qualification
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Paul J. Yoder
(574) 533-1234
330 Lakeview Drive
Goshen, IN
Services
Psychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Western Michigan University
Credentialed Since: 1986-01-31

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Mr. F. Samora
F. Geoffrey Samora, D.C.S.W.
(574) 232-5065
150 West Angela Blvd.
South Bend, IN
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in Indiana
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Geneele Crump
(574) 241-1979
Elkhart, IN
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: University of Michigan
Year of Graduation: 1983
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $90
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Rebecca Oyer Meyers
(574) 534-7100
Rebecca Oyer Meyers, MSW, PC1204 College Avenue
Goshen, IN
Specialties
Depression, Relationship Issues, Anxiety or Fears
Qualification
School: University of Michigan
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Anthem/HighMark

Dr. Margaret Ann Jessop
(574) 607-4477 x5
53700 Generations Drive
South Bend, IN
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Anxiety or Fears, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder
Qualification
School: John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, CA
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

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What Is Agoraphobia?

Disorders - Agoraphobia
Written by Krishan Bakhru   

These attacks can range from mild discomfort to debilitating. Many of us have heard of mental disorders, and most of us think that only certain people become afflicted with these conditions. However this is simply not the case. Mental disorders include panic attacks, anxiety disorders and social anxieties as well. agoraphobia and this is a condition that can strike anyone.

Your life is going along the normal path that you've set out when suddenly without any warning terror has you in its grip. You feel weak and helpless. Your heart's pounding and you have trouble breathing. You may even wonder if you're having a heart attack or if you're about to die. When you finally go to see a doctor, you might even be told there's nothing physically wrong with you.

So when you next suffer from an attack you wonder what's wrong with you. You find that certain situations will bring on these frightening attacks and this will be your first clue that you're experiencing a panic attack. Panic attacks are not physical conditions, and that is why your doctor might have had trouble diagnosing your complaint.

So, what is agoraphobia you might ask? This is a condition where an individual doesn't wish to go places or face situations where they could become exposed to panic attacks. The very word agoraphobia itself lets us know the nature of this debilitating condition. 'Agora' comes from the Greek language and it means places where people meet, or a marketplace. 'Phobia' is a fear of something. Thus we can understand that people who suffer from agoraphobia have a fear of being in crowded places.

Agoraphobia is a condition that develops gradually. In general it occurs after a panic attack. After the first attack you may subconsciously be preparing for another attack and fearing the symptoms that will leave you feeling helpless. This cycle of panic attack and impending panic attack can cause you to change your entire lifestyle just to avoid those feelings of terror. As panic attacks can occur anywhere at anytime, we generally associate the first place that we feel helpless as perhaps the reason for our terror.

An Agoraphobia sufferer will go out of their way to avoid those places and situations where a panic attack may occur. They may even end up being housebound as they avoid being in crowded places. This unhealthy lifestyle can in itself trigger agoraphobic attacks to occur in everyday normal situations. The increased heart rate may also cause a panic attack because you may think that you're having a heart attack.

As you can see this is a vicious and extremely debilitating mental condition. For sufferers of panic attacks they should seek the medical aid of doctors who specialize in these mental disorders and receive treatment before their panic attacks spiral into agoraphobia where they may end up being restricted in their lifestyle due to their ever in...

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