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Read about agoraphobia medical facts: what is the definition of agoraphobia, what are the signs and symptoms, medical treatment & how to treat agoraphobia, and related agoraphobia diseases.

Definition: What is "Agoraphobia"?


Agoraphobia is usually referred to as "fear of open spaces" though this explanation is simple & confusing. Agoraphobia is like an irrational fear or anxiety related with unknown environment or events or situations though this explanation also oversimplifies a complicated topic.. Panic attacks from panic disorder, usually causes agoraphobia to arise in several situations & the fear of places or situations happen when these were the reasons of the panic attacks. Agoraphobia in other words is the "fear of having another panic attack" or simply the fear of something or somewhere that may cause a panic attack. A violent sequence situates in where worry or fear of certain places or circumstances create a panic attack more possible to happen, which in turn elevates the level of anxiety. No matter what the explanation is, agoraphobia can not be only put pressure emotionally but it can really turn to be devastating which results to a life of self-imposed loneliness.

Symptoms & Signs

The list below shows the known symptoms of Agoraphobia: Fear of crowds Fear of public transport Public isolation Incapable to leave home alone Panic attacks Not all of the symptoms sited are evident to the patient, some symptoms may only be evident to a physician.

Treatment: How to Treat "Agoraphobia"?

Psychotherapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) - it is type of psychological therapy. Behavioral therapy Breathing exercises Interoceptive exposure Real-life exposure Medications - this must be prescribed by a licensed physician Association with panic attacks: Sudden attack may happen to patients who have Agoraphobia when going to places where they fear they are out of place, they will be having a hard time to look for help & they may be humiliated. Epinephrine is secreted in large amounts during a panic attack that triggers the body's natural fight-or-flight reaction. A maximum intensity of 10 to 15 minutes builds up, which is the abrupt onset of a panic attack & usually lasts longer than 30 minutes. Several patients state a fear of dying or emotional loss of control and/or behavior.

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