Facing the fears of crowd anxiety

December 07, 2017 11:23 AM

Chief of Psychiatry at Ben Taub and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Asim Shah, says crowd anxiety is common.

His first tip to tackle big events - locate the exits when you arrive.

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"Before you enter or as soon as you enter, you can mark down the exits, so that if it's getting too bothersome, you need to know where to get out from.  You also need to know in those situations that you are not alone," assured Shah.

In that case - bringing a friend can help make you less anxious.

Focus on the reason you're there. For example, sporting events can be an easy way to focus on something other than the anxiety. Just keep watch on the game.

At some events like sporting events or concerts, everyone is leaving at once.  Dr. Shah says if you can, try to wait until the crowds are gone. Even though it means that you are staying in that environment longer, it may make it easier for you to have that clear path out.

Also, if you classify your anxiety as severe, start small.


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