Agoraphobia is often called "fear of open spaces"
but this description is simplistic and misleading.
Agoraphobia is like an unreasonable fear or anxiety associated with unfamiliar surroundings
or situations, but this description also oversimplifies a complex issue.
In some cases, agoraphobia arises associated with panic attacks from panic disorder,
and the fear of places or situations occurs when these were the triggers of the panic attacks.
In other words, agoraphobia becomes like a "fear of having another panic attack" or
a fear of anything or anywhere that might trigger a panic attack.
A vicious cycle sets in where anxiety or fear of certain places or situations
make a panic attack more likely to occur, which in turn raises the anxiety level.
Whatever its description, agoraphobia can be not only emotionally stressing,
it can actually become debilitating,
leading to a life of self-imposed isolation. ...more »
Symptoms of Agoraphobia
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Treatments for Agoraphobia
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Causes of Agoraphobia
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Article Excerpts about Agoraphobia
Panic Disorder: NWHIC (Excerpt)
Some people’s lives become greatly restricted -- they avoid normal
everyday activities such as grocery shopping, driving, or, in some cases,
even leaving the house. Or they may be able to confront a feared situation
only if accompanied by a spouse or other trusted person. Basically, they
avoid any situation they fear that would make them feel helpless if a
panic attack occurs. When people’s lives become so restricted by the
disorder, as happens in about one-third of all people with panic disorder,
the condition is called agoraphobia. (Source: excerpt from Panic Disorder: NWHIC)
Phobia: NWHIC (Excerpt)
And agoraphobia, which often accompanies
panic disorder, is a fear of being in any situation that might provoke a
panic attack, or from which escape might be difficult if one occurred. (Source: excerpt from Phobia: NWHIC)
Definitions of Agoraphobia:
A morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place)
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
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