Agoraphobia

Below you will find more information about Agoraphobia from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Agoraphobia it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Agoraphobia and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Agoraphobia comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Agoraphobia is usually referred to as "fear of open spaces" though this explanation is simple and confusing. Agoraphobia is like an irrational fear or anxiety related with unknown environment or events or situations though this explanation also oversimplifies a complicated topic.. Panic attacks from panic disorder, usually causes agoraphobia to arise in several situations and the fear of places or situations happen when these were the reasons of the panic attacks. Agoraphobia in other words is the "fear of having another panic attack" or simply the fear of something or somewhere that may cause a panic attack. A violent sequence situates in where worry or fear of certain places or circumstances create a panic attack more possible to happen, which in turn elevates the level of anxiety. No matter what the explanation is, agoraphobia can not be only put pressure emotionally but it can really turn to be devastating which results to a life of self-imposed loneliness.

Treatment

Psychotherapy Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) - it is type of psychological therapy. Behavioral therapy Breathing exercises Interoceptive exposure Real-life exposure Medications - this must be prescribed by a licensed physician Association with panic attacks: Sudden attack may happen to patients who have Agoraphobia when going to places where they fear they are out of place, they will be having a hard time to look for help and they may be humiliated. Epinephrine is secreted in large amounts during a panic attack that triggers the body's natural fight-or-flight reaction. A maximum intensity of 10 to 15 minutes builds up, which is the abrupt onset of a panic attack and usually lasts longer than 30 minutes. Several patients state a fear of dying or emotional loss of control and/or behavior.

Symptoms and Signs

The list below shows the known symptoms of Agoraphobia: Fear of crowds Fear of public transport Public isolation Incapable to leave home alone Panic attacks Not all of the symptoms sited are evident to the patient, some symptoms may only be evident to a physician.

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