Clovis, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2006
If someone has agoraphobia and there isn't anywhere to turn, a new e-book has been written just for them. The Agoraphobia Resource Center, found on the Web at http://www.agoraphobia.ws has just announced the release of its new Agoraphobia Treatment Guide.
Agoraphobia is the fear of having a panic attack in open spaces or public situations. Thanks to this new e-book, agoraphobics can download all of the information they need without leaving their homes.
The Agoraphobia Treatment Guide, a 183-page e-book, contains everything you need to know about this condition and its treatment in one convenient resource. It contains descriptions of every type of therapy being used for agoraphobia, including profiles of 22 medications and a wealth of self-help techniques.
The e-book is meant to help agoraphobics weigh the pros and cons of each type of treatment. With this information they can play a more active role in selecting the right treatment options for them.
The Agoraphobia Treatment Guide was written by Stephen Price, who since recovering from agoraphobia has earned a masters degree in psychology and published original research on anxiety. In May of 2006, he created the Agoraphobia Resource Center, an informational Web site to help others who suffer from agoraphobia. The new Agoraphobia Treatment Guide is his latest endeavor.
Stephen's motivation for writing the Agoraphobia Treatment Guide comes from his personal experience with agoraphobia.
"When I first got agoraphobia," said Stephen, "I didn't even know what it was. I sought professional help without doing my homework. As a result, I ended up lying on a couch discussing my feelings about our family dog. I wrote the Agoraphobia Treatment Guide so others with agoraphobia won't waste their time and money and can make more informed decisions about their recovery."
If you go to a psychologist or psychiatrist, it is not safe to assume they will choose the most effective treatment for agoraphobia. According to current research, the most effective treatment for agoraphobia is a combination of cognitive therapy, exposure, and medications (antidepressants and benzodiazepines).
However, in a 1999 literature review of 77 controlled studies, 43% of agoraphobia patients received autogenic training and 33% received psychodynamic therapy. What's really scary is that 28% of patients could not even specify what treatment was applied to them. (Bandelow et al., 1999)
About the need for the new Agoraphobia Treatment Guide, Stephen said, "People with agoraphobia really should to do their homework before seeking professional help. The problem is that it's near impossible to undertake a major research project when you have a condition as debilitating as agoraphobia. That's why I have done the homework for you."
The Agoraphobia Treatment Guide can be found on the Agoraphobia Resource Center Web site at: http://www.agoraphobia.ws/treatmentguide
Contact: Stephen Price, 559-322-6898, http://www.agoraphobia.ws