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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Agoraphobia (Overview)

Agoraphobia is a fear of being unable to escape a situation in the event of a panic attack. People who suffer from panic disorder with agoraphobia often avoid crowds, wide-open environments, confined spaces, or travel. Exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring are the best treatments since they target the panic attacks directly related to agoraphobia. Adjunctive medications can also be helpful.


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What are symptoms of agoraphobia?

What are symptoms of agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia often is art of panic disorder. Agoraphobia is the fear of being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or in which help might not be available in the event of a panic attack. Those suffering from agoraphobia try to avoid being in public, crowded places, or traveling by public transport. If untreated, those with agoraphobia may stop leaving from their house at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Agoraphobia (Overview)

Agoraphobia is a fear of being unable to escape a situation in the event of a panic attack. People who suffer from panic disorder with agoraphobia often avoid crowds, wide-open environments, confined spaces, or travel. Exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring are the best treatments since they target the panic attacks directly related to agoraphobia. Adjunctive medications can also be helpful.


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A filled tooth of mine broke 6months ago it doesn't hurt no real signs of an assessed tooth going to the denist isnt possible due to severe agoraphobia?

A filled tooth of mine broke 6months ago it doesn't hurt no real signs of an assessed tooth going to the denist isnt possible due to severe agoraphobia?

Problem will worsen: So sorry to hear of your problem. Since you had a filling in tooth, then you had decay which was removed leaving a clean cavity which was filled. Once the filling falls out your cavity is exposed to food. This leads to further decay. Although you don't have pain now, eventually you will. Please talk to your dentist or dr for solutions. Eg. You may be able to take >xanax if someone drives you. Best. ...Read more

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What are the causes of agoraphobia?

What are the causes of agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia: Exact causes are currently unknown, although some hypothesize the causes are other anxiety disorders, stressful environment, or substance abuse such as chronic use of alcohol/sedatives/nicotine. ...Read more

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How is agoraphobia diagnosed? The definition i found was my issues to a t but i feel like my doctor is not listening. Are there any treatments for it?

How is agoraphobia diagnosed? The definition i found was my issues to a t but i feel like my doctor is not listening. Are there any treatments for it?

Agoraphobia: This is form of anxiety that is definitely treatable, individual psychotherapy is usually quite effective. Desensitization methods are often used in addition to uncovering the origin of the fear and slowly helping an individual to perceive more accurately and truthfully assess the reality of this fear. Also try using the anti anxiety app for daily support. My best. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have agoraphobia?

How do I know if I have agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is technically "fear of open spaces." more often, it's fear of situations you think might cause you to panic. It often happens in people who have panic disorder, who fear leaving their homes lest they have a panic attack. These people find it hard to feel safe in any public place, especially those which are crowded or where exit would be difficult. See a psychiatrist about yourself. ...Read more

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Can acute magnesium deficiency really cause agoraphobia and panic attacks?

Can acute magnesium deficiency really cause agoraphobia and panic attacks?

Not usually: Magnesium together with B6 can be helpful in calming the glutamate system in your brain that promotes agitation. Magnesium supplementation certainly may help panic attacks, although it is not the main treatment. More info in magnesium here: Http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2012/12/magnesium.html ...Read more

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What is the average time it would take to treat agoraphobia w/o panic disorder?

What is the average time it would take to treat agoraphobia w/o panic disorder?

Varies a lot: Typically people with agoraphobia are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as panic disorder. If you're avoiding only 1-2 specific situations, you might be diagnosed with a "specific phobia, " or "social phobia" if the avoidance is limited to social situations. These sorts of behavioral and anxiety problems are often improved within a few months, but there is a wide range among patients. ...Read more

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What treats panic attacks and agoraphobia?

Multiple Treatments: Medications such as antidepressants and antianxiety medicines are often used. In addition, it is helpful to get involved in a consistent therapy setting. Also, it is very useful to pay attention to diet, rest, and exercise. ...Read more

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What’s the best treatment for agoraphobia?

What’s the best treatment for agoraphobia?

Therapy, meds: Agoraphobia, or fear of crowds (literally of the marketplace) is amenable to treatment with psychotherapy and/or medications, including ssris and others. Discuss a referral with your pcp; depending on comfort level, they or a mental health provider can discuss medication options in addition to therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fear Of Crowds (Definition)

Fear of crowds, or agoraphobia, is a clinical finding in which a person experiences panic or anxiety in crowds or other social settings, often due to a fear that they will ...Read more