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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. Heidi Fowler
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Agoraphobia (Definition)

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 ...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 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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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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What can cause agoraphobia to last for years?

Agoraphobia: The more we reinforce something the stronger it becomes. Avoiding social situations brings the illusion of relief and reinforces it. See a mental help professional, perhaps through HT. He/she can help you develop a gradual plan to overcome this and perhaps a friend can help you implement it. Peace and good health. ...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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Is my messed up childhood what caused my agoraphobia?

Is my messed up childhood what caused my agoraphobia?

COULD: The brain makes connections between the past and the present that you mightnt expect. Psychiatrists work with that kind of thing. Meds & therapy can make a major difference. Does for my patients. ...Read more

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How do I grow out of agoraphobia caused by overprotective parenting?

How do I grow out of agoraphobia caused by overprotective parenting?

Self-esteem: Overprotecting is the direct result of parents not having trust (faith in) and, as a result, not instilling confidence in their children. Thus, the parental insecurities become their kids'. To treat such a condition, it is a matter of restoring or generating self-confidence in the child, the parent or, preferably, both. ...Read more

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How do I grow out of this agoraphobia caused by previous overprotective parenting?

How do I grow out of this agoraphobia caused by previous overprotective parenting?

Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia makes people avoid situations they fear might cause them to panic. This could include being alone, leaving home, or any situation where they'd feel trapped, embarrassed or helpless if they do panic. Usually agoraphobia occurs along with panic disorder, not just from parenting. Cognitive behavioral therapy and medications can help. Some therapists offer home visits at the start. ...Read more

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I have agoraphobia. My shrink said "deliberately get yourself into a situation that will cause a panic, ride it out & see you'll survive." Good tool?

I have agoraphobia. My shrink said "deliberately get yourself into a situation that will cause a panic, ride it out & see you'll survive." Good tool?

Possibly: "Exposure therapy" works well if you can be persuaded to do it repeatedly. Presumably you are taking medicine to prevent panic attacks. ...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


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more