Monophobia is a fear of being alone. People who are monophobic may not feel safe, even at home if left alone.

They may feel that they are unable to cope without a specific person in their lives. Someone who suffers from monophobia may want a particular person with him or her at all times.

A monophobic person’s phobia may be so emotionally crippling that the individual fears going to the bathroom alone. A person may be affected to varying degrees. Those who suffer from monophobia may also suffer from certain social phobias such as fear of speaking in public, fear of eating in public or fear of being stared at. They may sometimes react with anger when placed in these types of situations rather than fear.

A phobia is simply a fear but it is an irrational fear that is intensified. The cause of such intense fear is often unexplained. The underlying cause may be the memory of a frightening experience that remains locked deep within the subconscious. Although there may be no logical explanation for the fear, it is real in the mind of the individual, so real in fact that the person exhibits physical symptoms.

Just the thought of being left alone may produce symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and heart palpitations. The body reacts to the fear in the mind and physical symptoms appear. For example, a person who fears speaking in public may suddenly experience the physical symptom of an intensely dry mouth. They may experience further symptoms such as a constriction of the throat and difficulty swallowing. The physical symptoms a person experiences are as real as the fear in the mind.

People who suffer severe effects of a phobia often find it difficult to function in society. They may be unable to work in a public setting. Phobias can be debilitating and diminish a person’s overall quality of life. There is help for people that suffer from monophobia or other types of phobias. Anxiety medication may help to alleviate the severity of the fear. Psychotherapy may be beneficial as well. As an alternative course of treatment, hypnotherapy may be worth checking into. Many people have had a fair degree of success in breaking habits and overcoming phobias through hypnosis.

A severe phobia can stop you from living life to the fullest. Don’t let your fear prevent you from enjoying life from people who suffer from phobias. It can make a world of difference when you can communicate with others that can truly understand what you are going through. They need your support as much as you need theirs. Helping each other can be beneficial to everyone involved.

Take baby steps. You’ve lived with your fear your entire life; you can’t expect to overcome it overnight. So take it slow, easy and one step at a time. Keep a journal and monitor your progress. If you spend a night at home alone, record your thoughts and feelings. Once morning comes and you feel relieved view that as an accomplishment. Do the same thing when you venture out alone. Write your feelings in your journal. You can overcome your fear with time and help. Give yourself credit for each breakthrough you make. You will never be completely fear free. We all have fears but at least your fear will no longer be irrational to the extent of dominating your life. Fear is a natural emotion and serves to alert us to real danger. It is your irrational reaction to the fear that must be conquered. With proper help, time and patience you can learn to make your fear manageable.

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