Hello there and thanks for asking JA
It looks like your niece may have agorophobia
that is an anxiety disorder
she is afraid that something terrible will happen if she leaves her home
I suggest that you call or email as many therapist as you can find
and ask them if they make house calls
tell them about the symptoms and how you believe that you niece needs help
You have to know that your niece will have to be willing to recieve therapy
or the therapist can't realy see her
Anxiety disorders are very treatable
she will need therapy and medication
maybe her mother can prepare her for the visit
The symptoms of agoraphobia include anxiety that one will have a panic attack when in a situation from which escape is not possible or is difficult or embarrassing. The panic attack associated with agoraphobia, like all panic attacks, may involve intense fear.
This sounds exactly like what my sister decribes about her daughter -- afraid of being in a situation she can't ecape from 9i think that's why she quit her job0. What kind of therapist would be best? Psychologist, psychiatrist, family therapist. Sounds like she would need meds, can anyone prescribe these, or only a psychiatrist? Any advice about how to prepare? Is there something she could read to get herself ready to face a stranger, or a tape she could watch?
She will need a psychiatrist for medication and a therapist for therapy. Find someone who specialises in anxiety disorders and phobias. There is a method that is called exposure therapy that most therapist will use to help her.
If there are family issues a family therapist would be the best
It may need to involve the whole family in treatment
Maybe an intervention by the whole family is needed
try treatment and mental health rehab services if she has insurance
Staging an interevention is hard but it can be done.
you and your sister talk to her about how much you love her and how much you understand this is hard for her
you tell her that yu want to help her and believe in her
The therapist will provide progressive relaxation techiques
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX a good starting point.