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Agoraphobia: Introduction

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

Treatments for Agoraphobia

Home Diagnostic Testing

Home medical testing related to Agoraphobia:

Wrongly Diagnosed with Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia: Related Patient Stories

Alternative Treatments for Agoraphobia

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Agoraphobia may include:

Causes of Agoraphobia

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Disease Topics Related To Agoraphobia

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Agoraphobia:

Agoraphobia: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:

Misdiagnosis and Agoraphobia

Common asymptomatic heart disorder can cause anxiety-like conditions: Anxiety symptoms may be due to heart disorder - There is a reasonably common heart disorder called Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP), that often more »

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the condition has usually more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See misdiagnosis more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure to diagnose more »

Agoraphobia: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Agoraphobia

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Agoraphobia: Rare Types

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Research about Agoraphobia

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Clinical Trials for Agoraphobia

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

Some of the clinical trials listed on for Agoraphobia include:

Statistics for Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia: Broader Related Topics

Agoraphobia Message Boards

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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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