Agoraphobia — Another Recognized Anxiety Disorder

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We recently discussed panic attacks, and noted that panic attacks are a recognized social phobia that can be diagnosed and treated using moder medical techniques. Today we discuss “agoraphobia” — an anxiety disorder that is closely related to panic disorders.

Agoraphobia is generally considered to be anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult (or embarrassing) or in which help may not be available (in the even to having a panic attac) or panic symptoms (such as a fear of having a suddent attack of dizziness or a sudden attack of diarrhea).

People who suffer from agoraphobia tend to avoid situations which involve social interaction. Agoraphobics avoid beingalone in public,being in large crowds, or travel situations (such as being in airplanes or buses). People who suffer from this disorder tend to avoid social situations, and this can advesely impact their ability to lead normal lives. For example, they may have a difficult time traveling, grocery shopping, commuting, etc.

Specialists who diagnose agoraphobia are instructed to classify the disorder as a specific disorder in which the agoraphobia occurs (for example, you may be diagnosed as suffering from “panic disorder with agoraphobia”, rather than being diagnosed as suffering from “agoraphobia”).

In future articles we will discuss some of the treatment approaches for agoraphobia.

We recently discussed panic attacks, and noted that panic attacks are a recognized social phobia that can be diagnosed and treated using moder medical techniques. Today we discuss “agoraphobia” — an anxiety disorder that is closely related to panic disorders.

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  • "People who suffer from agoraphobia tend to avoid situations which
    involve social interaction. Agoraphobics avoid beingalone in
    public,being in large crowds, or travel situations (such as being in
    airplanes or buses). People who suffer from this disorder tend to avoid
    social situations, and this can advesely impact their ability to lead
    normal lives. For example, they may have a difficult time traveling,
    grocery shopping, commuting, etc."

    It could be a very difficult thing for everyone needs to socialize and at the very least enjoy being with people.

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