Sex attack phobia on the increase

Therapy for a sexual disorder  >  Our therapists are receiving an increasing number of cries for help from women who fear being molested, fondled, sexually attacked or trapped in a sexually abusive relationship. Such is the terror of being raped that sufferers go to great length to avoid the perceived risk, including avoiding being with a man alone at work, not getting into a lift on their own with a male and shunning intimate relationships. The result is they stop socialising, retreating to the safety of their homes. The condition, known as agraphobia *, also affects men who may not feel comfortable around women or are scared of being wrongly accused of a sexual attack; however, men are less likely to seek 2

Of the clients we have spoken to none have actually been attacked or raped, or indeed been in an abusive relationship, so their condition is a morbid fear rather than a reaction to a personal trauma. As such trauma counselling and sex therapy are inappropriate.

So if you are a sufferer what is the treatment?  The good news is that though being an agraphobic is not so common as other mental or sexual health disorders, you are not alone and this is just a phobia which can easily be treated. So you should not be afraid or embarrassed to talk about your fears with a medical professional.

The first step is to consult your doctor who may refer you to a psychiatrist or prescribe anti-depressants to help you relax. But keep in mind that drugs can alter your judgment and your mood and they have potential risks which you should be prepared to discuss with your doctor. In addition, we would recommend therapy to either complement or replace medication. Both hypnotherapy and N L P are excellent examples as they look at your lifestyle as a whole with the objective of removing the stress triggers that have caused your phobia.

Footnote >  *  This phobia is also known as contreltophobia

9 thoughts on “Sex attack phobia on the increase

  1. Dr Paul Manning says:

    I agree that psychology and counselling could help, as the key to a cure is enabling the sufferer to trust agin. But it is also worth trying hypnoanalysis as this fear may have develop in children or young adults who witness sexual violence in movies or on TV. Some children become too fearful of all the negative things that might occur to them, and I think we should modify the way that children are taught about dangers to prevent the creation of irrational fears.

  2. Terri L (therapist) says:

    OK, go opt for counselling, but establishing trust with a person who suffers from agraphobia might take some time, especially if that person believes that the therapist poses a risk of sexual abuse. Sometimes group therapy can be more effective. Using a therapist of the same sex might be easier as well.

  3. Jonti (Inverness) says:

    Don’t dabble guys! Treatment is best left to a mental health practitioner or someone who knows the sufferer extremely well and is able to target the inciting factors of the disorder. A mental health practitioner will target the root of the phobia by identifying the cause of the sufferer’s irrational fear. Psychotherapy generally has a very high success rate, with the vast majority of patients completely overcoming agraphobia.

  4. In some cases sex abuse hysteria, caused by misinformation or sensationalist news coverage, can cause this phobia. This being different than the PTSD-driven agraphobia that comes from real situations of sexual abuse. Day care sex abuse hysteria is one example of this erroneously caused agraphobia. Many people who were originally accused or even found guilty were later found to be innocent of sexual abuse, their ordeal having been caused by hysteria and misinformation-driven agraphobia.

  5. Peters says:

    If you are sufferer it is vital to consult a mental healthcare professional as soon as possible. This is to be able to obtain treatment that can relieve you of the symptoms. Aside from that, to permanently eliminate such condition, you may also undergo hypnosis, counselling, desensitisation or obtain prescribed medications. There are other alternative medicines that you can resort to which are claimed to have high success rates such as energy therapy.

  6. Polly says:

    When my doctor told me I had agoraphobia, he mistakenly pronounced it like agraphobia. All very confusing but I even found your photos scary. Help!

  7. There is a name for everything! Is there anyone who does NOT fear sexual abuse! This is not an “abnormal” fear, it is just being female.

  8. Pan-t38 says:

    It comes down to redirecting your unconscious mind. Of course you know your agraphobia is illogical, but it has persisted because your subconscious has linked a load of powerful negative emotions – mainly fear – to the very thought of sexual abuse. The truth is that agraphobia is usually caused by an intense negative experience from the past. But your mind can also create that fear seemingly without basis. The key to a cure is digging down to the source and replacing negative associations with positive ones.

  9. Lisa (iNLP Center) says:

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    2) Thousands of people are getting false and damaging information about NLP every single day on Wikipedia. If we all do something small (like remove NLP-related links to Wikipedia) it can make a big difference in the long run.
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    N.B. This email was resubmitted and Posted online by Blog moderator. Email address deleted.

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