Agoraphobia and monophobia are two common anxiety responses that can occur during benzodiazepine withdrawal. These conditions can be highly distressing and significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. In this blog post, we will discuss what agoraphobia and monophobia are, their symptoms, and some ways to cope with them.


Agoraphobia, otherwise known as ‘fear of the marketplace,’ is an anxiety response to busy public places such as supermarkets, shopping centers, buses, trains, planes, and airports. However, any public place – a quiet church or an empty park – may seem threatening. Any situation or place where escape may be difficult or embarrassing or where help may not be readily available in case of a panic attack can be triggering to someone in benzodiazepine withdrawal/BIND.


Monophobia, on the other hand, is an intense fear of being alone. People with monophobia may feel anxious and panicky when they are by themselves. This fear can lead to various physical symptoms, such as trembling, sweating, rapid heartbeat, and intrusive thoughts.

During benzodiazepine withdrawal

During benzodiazepine withdrawal/BIND, agoraphobia and monophobia can occur and range from tolerable to severe. Here are some strategies that may help if you suffer from either or both of these symptoms.

  1. Seek support from others

A strong support system is crucial when coping with benzodiazepine withdrawal/BIND. Talk to your friends and family about how you’re feeling, and let them know what they can do to support you. Consider joining a positive support group for benzo withdrawal/BIND. Don’t suffer in silence.

  1. Practice relaxation techniques

Relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can help reduce anxiety and calm your mind. Try to set aside some time each day to practice these techniques. You may also find listening to calming music or nature sounds helpful. Spotify has a channel called Peaceful Retreat that is very relaxing. Avoid listening to binaural beats, as they can be triggering.

  1. Observe your thoughts/feelings

Negative thoughts/feelings can fuel benzo withdrawal/BIND symptoms, so it’s important to simply observe them. Don’t believe them. Negative thoughts/feelings arise because the nervous system is in the protect state of fight, flight, or freeze due to the lack of GAB receptors to keep things calm. When you notice yourself having negative thoughts/feelings, observe them and remind yourself that “state drives story.” The state of your nervous system is fueling them, not the truth about you or the world around you. Remind yourself that you are safe, even in a situation or place that triggers your symptoms. Remind yourself you’ve gotten through similar experiences and will get through this one.

  1. Take small steps

If you’re struggling with agoraphobia or monophobia, it’s important to take small steps. For example, you could start by taking a short walk and gradually increasing the distance. You could spend a few minutes alone, reminding yourself you are safe. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. Don’t judge yourself if you cannot face your fears at times. Try again when you feel more able.

  1. Practice self-care

Taking care of yourself is important in benzodiazepine withdrawal/BIND. Do your best to embrace the four cornerstones of well-being, eat right (WFPB), move enough, stress less, and love well. Learning something new and distracting yourself from your symptoms are wonderful ways to practice self-care.

In conclusion

Agoraphobia and monophobia can be difficult withdrawal/BIND symptoms. Thankfully, they do fade away in time. With good support and coping strategies, you can reduce your suffering.

Join the conversation

Feel free to leave a comment and tell us about your experience with agoraphobia or monophobia. What did you do to cope?