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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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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


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Is there a way to support someone with agoraphobia?

Is there a way to support someone with agoraphobia?

Patience and support: Be patient and do not try to force the person with this phobia. Realize that with time and the right help they can get better. Yor patience and support is what they need for the time being. ...Read more

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What can cause agoraphobia and why won't it go away?

What can cause agoraphobia and why won't it go away?

Unknown: Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, especially crowded ones. In severe cases patients are unable to leave home. It is often associated with panic disorder. The causes are unknown, probably a combination of genetic and environmental factors. It CAN be treated with proper psychotherapy however, with supporting medications, but an experienced therapist and a long treatment time are needed. ...Read more

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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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How can I cure agoraphobia?

How can I cure agoraphobia?

Find a psychologist: Or counselor/therapist who treats anxiety. The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learning to calm your body and your mind & accept uncertainty is the key. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation (www.Bcia.Org and www.Aapb.Org). ...Read more

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How to deal with agoraphobia?

How to deal with agoraphobia?

Exposure Therapy!: If u learn 2 avoid what u fear & u have many fears, your life can get very restricted. Facing your fears using systematic method -esp Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy- is powerful. Watch a skilled anxiety expert guide someone face her fears (exposure), while helping her become aware of AND change the thoughts feeding the avoidance behaviors (cognitive therapy component): http://youtu.be/wE5F-FjbTRk ...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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What are the most common causes of agoraphobia?

Fear of panic attack: Experts are not completely sure what the exact causes of agoraphobia are. Most believe that they are a result of physical and/or psychological factors. People with agoraphobia often fear having a panic attack in public and not being able to get to safety. Fear of embarassment is often a factor in agoraphobia, leading to staying home rather then out and about. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: agoraphobia?

What is the definition or description of: agoraphobia?

Fear No Escape: 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. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of agoraphobia?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia: This usually occurs in the context of panic disorder, characterized by sudden attacks of intense fear that trigger severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. This can become associated with certain locations and situations -- such that the person becomes afraid of leaving his/her house. This is agoraphobia, technically "fear of open spaces.". ...Read more

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If someone is suffering from agoraphobia, what would the dr do?

Medication + Therapy: Cognitive behavior therapy helps. So do medications like zoloft, prozac, paxil, (paroxetine) ... Or a combination of both. ...Read more

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Can you overcome agoraphobia?

YES, but first...: You must really want to because you'll need to face your fear! this will likely make you very uncomfortable at times. Just thinking about it might get you panicked. But keep these points in mind: (a)you can take baby steps toward your goal. (b)there are experts who can help you come up with a plan + coach you through it. (c)doing the work, you'll gradually diminish your fear and expand your world. ...Read more

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Can hypnosis cure agoraphobia?

Can hypnosis cure agoraphobia?

It can be used as : Part of treatment for agoraphobia. I have used it with clients along with desensitization ; talk therapy. ...Read more

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Can agoraphobia ever come back?

Can agoraphobia ever come back?

Agoraphobia: Possible, with exposure to stressful situation or traumatic event. ...Read more

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What causes anxiety/ agoraphobia?

What causes anxiety/ agoraphobia?

Beliefs: Anxiety is the result of a belief of which you may not even be aware. This belief portends bad consequences. In a was it is like presenting a feared object to yourself. ...Read more

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Could a teenager have agoraphobia?

Yes: Lifetime prevalence of agoraphobia for adolescents aged 13 -19 is 2.4%, according to a study published in 2010. ...Read more

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I think I have agoraphobia, how can I overcome it?

I think I have agoraphobia, how can I overcome it?

Agoraphobia: Behavior modification techniques such as gradual exposure thru imagery, response prevention, relaxation , meditation, breathing exercises, can help. Need to work with a trained therapist. ...Read more

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Is ect good for agoraphobia and cognitive disorders?

NO!: Ect might not be appropriate for agoraphobia but cbt sure is. (cognitive behavioral therapy). Regarding a cognitive disorder- i would seek recommendation of neuropsychologist after formal testing. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fear Of Crowds (Definition)

Fear of crowd means the patient is anxious around other people. Group size does not necessarily correlate ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Agoraphobia (Definition)

The fear of being unable to escape a situation in the event ...Read more