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    Agoraphobia or fear of public places and open spaces

    Agoraphobia is the excessive and irrational fear of not getting out or being unable to escape, it is the “fear of being afraid” This phobia can lead to significant limitations in daily life, both socially and professionally.

    It is a relatively complex phobia to treat, because the avoidance pipes are multiple. Agoraphobia can be mixed with other anxiety disorders such as claustrophobia, amaxophobia, ochlophobia and many others Agoraphobic people often avoid public places, closed or open spaces for fear of panicking or losing control.

    About 1.7% of adults suffer from agoraphobia, this phobia most often begins in young adults between 20 and 30 years.


    For more than 30 years, virtual reality exposure therapies have been shown to be effective in managing anxiety disorders and in particular in specific phobias such as fear of public places and open spaces. A gradual and progressive exposure in virtual reality allows you to desensitize and significantly reduce your anxiety

    “Virtual reality is 80% effective, with benefits lasting more than a year after treatment.” Eric Malbos, Medical Psychiatrist

    C2Care, world leader in therapeutic virtual reality (VR) since 2015, now allows you to expose yourself from your home. A psychologist accompanies you in your treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure to virtual reality to overcome your phobia.

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    Open spaces

    Agoraphobic people may fear open spaces (parks, stretches of water, public squares, natural spaces).

    Open spaces are often vast, and this perceived vastness reinforces anxiety in agoraphobic people. They can be perceived as less controllable or less secure than confined spaces, which can cause these people to feel vulnerable.

    Open spaces offer less privacy and may involve more social interactions. Agoraphobic people may fear being observed, judged by others, which can trigger significant anxiety in these individuals.

    Confined spaces

    Buildings can be a source of anxiety for people with agoraphobia because of the many anxiety-provoking factors: walkways, stairs, heights, elevators, etc.

    Elevators and stairs in buildings can cause a feeling of confinement and confinement, which can trigger panic attacks in agoraphobic people who are afraid of feeling trapped or unable to escape.

    Buildings are often associated with significant heights: the roof, the nacelle, the upper floors. Fear of elevated spaces, known as acrophobia, can mingle with agoraphobia, amplifying the anxiety experienced by these individuals.


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    Public transport

    Public transportation. Common for some, much more anxiety-provoking for others, such as people with agoraphobia. Among the most stressful public transport options are the subway, train, bus or plane.

    The place itself can be scary, which can trigger panic attacks in agoraphobic people who are afraid of feeling trapped or unable to escape. The therapist will gradually bring you to these places, by modulating the characteristics: public transport use, unforeseen events such as breakdowns, noises…

    Crowds and public spaces

    The buildings often house public spaces such as lobbies, corridors and common areas, which can be frequented by many people. Agoraphobic people may experience increased anxiety when they are in populated spaces (crowd, moving crowd) or when interacting with many individuals.

    Everyday public spaces can be a source of great anxiety for agoraphobic people: supermarket, queue, cinema, hospital, airport.

    Virtual reality makes it possible to modulate environments to gradually develop adaptation strategies to cope with their anxiety: attendance, the insistence of looks, the mood of the interlocutors…

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      How does it work ?


      I get my headset

      You will receive a virtual reality headset with unlimited access to our software, or, if you are already equipped, you can choose to have only the software. Our parcels are carefully packed and shipped very quickly.

      Session visiothérapia

      I carry out my sessions

      At a rate of 2 sessions per month, the psychologist and you will exchange around your agoraphobia in order to be able to understand it and bring you the necessary tools for the reduction of the latter. You will be exposed in virtual reality in a progressive way and adapted to your agoraphobia.

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      I use my headset in autonomy

      Outside the sessions with your psychologist, you will be able to repeat as many times as necessary the exposure to the different situations of heights in order to create a habituation and thus, to reduce the anxiety in connection with them.