The fear of being alone is known as ” autophobia “; it is a psychological anomaly that refuses loneliness or a strange feeling of fear for oneself.

This phobia of fear of being alone has several levels and usually causes anxiety , dyspnea, depression , stress, dread, an increase in heart rate and pulse ; and in more severe cases it can lead to other mental health problems. But like most phobias there are many treatments and ways to overcome them. We invite you to learn how to overcome the fear of being alone .

Staying busy to overcome the fear of being alone

The fear of being alone if it is not treated in time can become a lurking enemy that will separate us from ourselves, seeking to stay with whoever it is at all costs . If we keep the body and mind occupied, you may not even realize that you are alone or you will quickly forget that you have autophobia. Most medical treatments for this disease recommend various tasks in solitude to ward off thoughts of this fear.

Psychiatric consultations

To overcome the fear of being alone, we will probably need professional help or someone to show us the right path. Autophobia has degrees, and when it is severe it can be highly dangerous for those who suffer from it; as it can lead to other more delicate and complex and self-destructive mental health problems. If your fear of loneliness has become a major problem, do not hesitate to go to a specialist doctor to perform the appropriate psychological therapy.

Group therapy to overcome the fear of being alone

One of the proven ways to overcome the fear of being alone is group therapy. In this kind of therapy the patient can more easily expose his problem ; very favorable cognitive resources are used on the subject of “phobias”; in addition to various strategies that can only be performed in a group; without forgetting that in group therapy you can better adapt your emotions.

It should be noted that before going to this kind of therapy the patient should evaluate the degree and intensity of his autophobia, since this procedure is not feasible in all cases.

Overcome shyness and low self-esteem

Two of the problems closely linked to the fear of being alone are shyness and low self-esteem. That is why many treatments try to overcome these problems first, which are usually part or all of the causes of autophobia.

It is also recommended to follow therapies to overcome shyness and improve self-esteem; Among the most popular therapies for these problems we also recommend group therapies.

There is a very important aspect to take into account, when the fear of being alone can be overcome, it is due to understand that being alone is not the same as feeling alone. Solitude is necessary in all aspects of life and the best mirror to recognize ourselves in a comforting space. You can learn to live alone without feeling lonely.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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