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I was diagnosed with a panic disorder and agoraphobia. What should I do?

I was diagnosed with a panic disorder and agoraphobia. What should I do?

CBT: Cognitive behavior therapy is often the most effective treatment. If it is severe enough a medication that works with serotonin may also help. Contact your doctor or a psychotherpist. ...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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How to control my anxiety disorder I have been diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder with agoraphobia, im gettin somewhat better, living on my own now but i can't get myself to go anywhere. I feel like im just rotting away. How do I get myself to get

How to control my anxiety disorder I have been diagnosed with anxiety and panic disorder with agoraphobia, im gettin somewhat better, living on my own now but i can't get myself to go anywhere. I feel like im just rotting away. How do I get myself to get

From : From what you described, your anxiety disorder and agoraphobia are quite debilitating. You asked how to make the anxiety go away and how you can do the things you used to. The most important factor is a strong desire to be well and the commitment that is required to do so. There are a number of options for treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy has proven to be very effective with anxiety disorders. Learning deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation would be very beneficial. Your behavioral health provider can also teach you to do imagery work when you are becoming anxious. Medications that can be used include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or other antidepressants as well as seizure medications. Of course it goes without saying that you need to have a nutritious diet, aerobic activity and to strive for eight hours of sleep per night. Talk with your psychiatrist and your therapist about which treatment modalities would be best for you. One of the most important things to remember is that your conditions will not go away over- night. You will need patience. At times you will take one step forward and two steps back; but that is the nature of the beast. Lots of baby steps can equal quite a distance in the end. Savor any victories in your progress- no matter how small. Good luck on your road to recovery. Respectfully, dr. Heidi fowler. ...Read more

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Which type of medication will i most likely recieve for panic disorder and agoraphobia?

Which type of medication will i most likely recieve for panic disorder and agoraphobia?

COMBINATIONS: I start most of my patients on a combination of antidepressants (which also reduce anxiety) and tranquilizers. This improves things when you arrive at the right doses. Psychotherapy then brings control and resolution. ...Read more

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I have panic disorder and agoraphobia. Think I may have asbergers. Do you recommend I get tested? Helpless can't do things alone no confidence :(

I have panic disorder and agoraphobia. Think I may have asbergers. Do you recommend I get tested? Helpless can't do things alone no confidence :(

Evaluation : If you are concerned and these conditions affect your ability to function consider seeking and evaluation from a psychiatrist or psychologist, including those on HealthTap. There are treatment and intervention options available. If getting this process started is difficult, consider asking someone u trust to help. ...Read more

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I'm angry and irritable all the time and sometimes cry at night. I have panic disorder and agoraphobia, no friends and don't see family. Bipolar??

I'm angry and irritable all the time and sometimes cry at night. I have panic disorder and agoraphobia, no friends and don't see family. Bipolar??

Sounds terribly sad: Do you see a therapist? Please try to find one you can trust. This may take a long time and be difficult but it's worth it! Bipolar may be there too, but it's not all. Medication for it might get you started but you need to find a human to relate to. Even if you start very safe and slow - it's a nutrient for life. One step at a time. Get a psych eval. Move from there. Best! ...Read more

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What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

What is panic disorder with agoraphobia?

Panic & agoraphobia: Panic disorder with agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder. In it there are discrete episodes of intense fear peaking within 10 min and dissipating within 30 min. Also there is fear of situations which might be hard to escape or where help may not be available --also fear of crowds, bridges & being outside alone. Panic includes physical sx like shortness of breath, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between agoraphobia and panic disorder?

Panic: Panic disorder is anxiety disorder with panic attacks, which can occur with or without agoraphobia (fear of places which u perceive as difficult to escape from). Agoraphobia usually develops as complication of repeated panic attacks, leading to phobic avoidance. ...Read more

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What medications are the best for managing panic disorder with agoraphobia?

BEST?: The best are the ones that help you. Hopefully a good psychiatrist can pick the ones most likely to help. But medications don't cure this - good psychotherapy does. The meds stabilize and the therapy makes the basic changes. ...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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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Panic Disorder (Definition)

Panic disorder includes recurrent and unexpected panic attacks accompanied by fear of having additional panic attacks. Common symptoms of a panic attack can include increased heart rate, sweating, difficulty breathing, rapid thoughts ...Read more