How to deal with Agoraphobia?

12 Jul

I just finished watching a TV series called Shamesless in which a character suffers from Agoraphobia and hasn't left her house in more than 2 years. We all know Agoraphobia is extreme or irrational fear of open or public places. The question is, what lands one in such a terrible position and how to identify the signs and symptoms of Agoraphobia? Also, how to overcome it to lead a normal life?

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  • shivani sinha
    shivani sinha   Jul 21, 2017 09:35 PM

    hey there!!

    Agoraphobia is the anxiety disorder where a person finds an enviroment or place unsafe with no easy way to get away. These situation can inlude pulic places, malls or simply being outside home. A person affected with this will go length far to avoid going these places and in severe cases people are unable to leave their houses. This can be genetic or is often due to something happened in past. the simple symptom is getting a panic attack when in such places where there its lots of people. Without treatment it is uncomman to solve this phobia. The typical treatment is counselling called cognitive behavorial therapy. 

    Talking in the more detailed way, we can say that the suferer has earlier got panic attack at the same place and to avoid again a attack, they resist going to place. So, first to know the facts in detail one must be well aquainted with the fact about the patient and should know the past well. This will help the patient to open up and share the problem, after listening to the root cause of the attack it will be easy to help.

    People, with such prolem rage out loud and can harm themself physically. So, if anyone is there who is suffering with this phobia then shoud be treated immediately. 



  • Radhika Goel
    Radhika Goel   Jul 17, 2017 11:29 AM

    Hey, hope you are doing well :)

    The risk factors for developing Agoraphobia include having a blood relative who has suffered from it, having suffered from panic attacks or other phobias, facing panic attacks with excessive fear, experiencing stressful life events like abuse or death of a parent, depression or a substance abuse problem can also lead to the development of agoraphobia. 

    Symptoms of Agoraphobia can be wide ranging including fear of leaving home alone, fear of enclosed spaces like movie theaters of elevators, being in a crowd. However, to be diagnosed with Agoraphobia you must fulfill the conditions stated by DSM 5. 

    Agoraphobia is a life long disorder in which people need to go under treatment to maintain a normal lifestyle. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Exposure therapy, and Psychotherapy are some therapies that are used by psychiatrists to help patients.

  • Shena Shaikh
    Shena Shaikh   Jul 13, 2017 06:36 PM

    Hi there! I hope you are doing well

    Agoraphobic people are afraid of unfamiliar or specific fear-evoking situations. These may include using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in a line or a crowd, being alone out of their homes or any kind of physiological arousal. They go out of their way to avoid these situations as they think escape would be difficult or embarrassing in the light of a (situation triggered) panic attack.

    Agoraphobia is a frequent complication of panic disorder and about 50% of people who experience panic attacks go on to develop agoraphobia. However, it can also occur with or without a panic attack. As the disorder progresses, the object(s) of fear can change or can increase in number. In its most severe form, agoraphobia is a very debilitating condition.

    A biological vulnerability or psycho-social causal factors such as traumatic/stressful life events can be attributed as causal factors of agoraphobia. Most often, agoraphobic people are able to identify their irrational fears. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM V) identifies specific diagnostic criteria for Agoraphobia. It can be found at this link

    Overcoming any mental disorder takes a lot from an individual as it is debilitating and draining. Counseling, therapy and medication have found to be greatly effective in treating agoraphobia, provided the patient is motivated to fight and overcome their ailment. 

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