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I think i am agoraphobic because i'm not as pretty as i used to be, could this be the cause?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
We all age: Agorophobia is a fear of being in open spaces. It is unlikely to be caused by low self esteem.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Rationalizing fear?: Self esteem issues show up in many different forms. Also, people commonly rationalize their avoidance behaviors -- could this be happening here? In agoraphobia, you avoid situations you fear might cause panic attacks. You may have a hard time feeling safe in any public place, especially where crowds gather. Therapy for both your anxiety and concerns about your looks is available! good luck.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Phobic avoidance: Avoidance can be related to self image issues and self esteem. Coping with your phobia involves desensitization and graduated exposure. Trust yourself. U can do it.

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