Xenophobia the fear of strangers or foreigners


The fear of strangers or foreigners
is called Xenophobia. Xenophobia, the fear of strangers or foreigners
just like any other phobia, is an anxiety disorder defined by a persistent and excessive fear of strangers or foreigners
. Fot Xenophobia to actually be identified it has to typically result in a rapid onset of fear and is usually present for more than six months.

Xenophobia Treatment

Having fear of strangers or foreigners
can be very distressing and create a lot of disruptons in the sufferes life. But Xenophobia is treatable. The different options available span between mdication and talking therapy.

Exposure-based treatments

Exposure-based treatments are the first-line approach in the treatment of Xenophobia. In this type of treatment, you are gradually and progressively exposed to the fear of strangers or foreigners
. You might start by just thinking about your fear of strangers or foreigners
and then move slowly toward looking at images of the object and finally being near the object in real life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Often referred to as CBT, cognitive behaviorial therapy involves learning to identify the underlying negative thoughts that contribute to feelings of fear of strangers or foreigners
. And learning to counter those thoughts by better more joyous thoughts.

Medications

Medications may be prescribed in some cases to help manage some of the symptoms you might be experiencing as a result of Xenophobia. Medications your doctor might prescribe include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), beta-blockers, and anti-anxiety drugs.

Xenophobia Physical Symptoms

People that suffer from Xenophobia the fear of strangers or foreigners
, experience panic attacks more often than not. No matter how overwhelming the feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause real physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the ones below:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Headaches
  3. Dizziness
  4. Trembling
  5. Shortness of breath
  6. Tachycardia
  7. Tightness in the chest/chest pain and difficulty breathing
  8. A need to go to the toilet
  9. Hyperventilation

Xenophobia Psychological Symptoms

  1. fear of losing control
  2. fear of fainting
  3. feelings of dread
  4. fear of dying
  5. fear of harm or illness
  6. guilt, shame, self-blame
  7. Withdrawing from others
  8. Feeling sad or hopeless
  9. Feeling disconnected
  10. Confusion, difficulty concentrating
  11. Anger, irritability, mood swings
  12. anxiety and fear