Agoraphobia

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Most people have heard the term "agoraphobia" but what does it mean and how does it affect people? Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces but generally manifests as the fear of certain places or situations such as supermarkets, shopping malls, parks, etc. Persons with agoraphobia experience extreme anxiety when visiting or thinking about visiting these places. Additionally, some people with agoraphobia become house-bound as they fear leaving their home. Panic attacks are commonly experienced by persons with agoraphobia. 

Treatment for agoraphobia can include both pharmacological and psychological interventions. While medications can help with the anxiety symptoms, psychotherapy assists the person in understanding their phobia and focuses on slowly exposing individuals to feared places or situations. This form of treatment is called "exposure therapy" and is very effective for agoraphobia and other phobias. 

Agoraphobia can be a crippling experience and causes many individuals to stay indoors, often not leaving their homes for years on end. If you or someone you know may have agoraphobia, call us today to schedule a consultation!