While the condition is not widely known to the public due to its nature, monophobia affects many people from all corners of the world. This disorder can be emotionally, mentally and socially paralyzing for those who suffer from its effects. However, with treatment and medication, the disorder can be managed to a level where many lead normal lives with little or no effect from the disorder.
One of the trickiest aspects of dealing with monophobia is that its true cause is usually an underlying anxiety problem. Furthermore, the lonely nature of those with monophobia makes it difficult for physicians or the general public to discover a problem. For some, if a specific person or place is their source of comfort, the disorder may not even be apparent until there is a change in lifestyle. Additionally, the disorder can be difficult to diagnose on your own, as the disorder’s panic attacks and anxiety levels can make logical thinking difficult.
Common symptoms of monophobia include an intense fear of being alone or away from a particular place. Sometimes this fear is intense enough that even the thought of being alone or in an unfamiliar place can trigger panic attacks or other symptoms. Being an anxiety disorder, many of the common symptoms include nervousness, increased heart rate, trouble thinking, restlessness, shortness of breath, panic attacks, and intense fear. At worst, these symptoms create an irrepressible urge to flee or seek comfort.
With monophobia, sufferers often add security and protection to a specific person or location. This location can be quite specific in many cases. It is not uncommon for a safe space to be reduced to a section of a room in a home or other small space. While multiple people can potentially be the link, most of the time this link is formed with a specific person. Common relationships include a spouse, brother, or friend. When this is the case, symptoms are often not detected until there is a major lifestyle change, such as death or relocation.
Common treatments for monophobia include psychiatric appointments, hypnotherapy, group therapy, and select medications. Of these options, group therapy and hypnotherapy enjoy high levels of success among patients in many studies and trials. Group therapy also helps to provide a support group for people to reinforce coping skills, anxiety management methods, and provide the comfort of knowing that they are not the only person with this debilitating disorder.
Written by Larissa Vinci