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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. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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Is there a big link between agoraphobia and alcoholism?

Is there a big link between agoraphobia and alcoholism?

Possibly: Alcoholism is a disease, agoraphibia is an anxiety disorder. Not everyone with alcoholism has agoraphobia and vis-versa. Many people with alcoholism have an anxiety disorder, so there is a link between the two. Both problems need to be addressed for successful recovery. Treating agoriphobia alone without getting help for the alcoholism will unlikely be successful. ...Read more

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How can I best deal with agoraphobia?

How can I best deal with agoraphobia?

Anxious: Relaxation exercises, life style changes, & building good social support system. Cognitive behavior therapy helps. ...Read more

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How can I help treat my terrible agoraphobia?

How can I help treat my terrible agoraphobia?

Find a psychologist: Or counselor 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. Check www.Bcia.Org and www.Aapb.Org for qualified professionals. ...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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Is it possible to full recover from agoraphobia?

Is it possible to full recover from agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia: Sure, with proper treatment utilizing cognitive behavior therapy & medications if warranted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could I do about agoraphobia?

Recommend Therapy.: Cognitive behavioral therapy or exposure can be helpful. Psychiatric medications are sometimes indicated as well. ...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

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


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