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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 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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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 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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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