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Definition of Agoraphobia

An abnormal and persistent fear of public places or open areas, especially those from which escape could be difficult or help not immediately accessible. Persons with agoraphobia frequently also have panic disorder.

The term agoraphobia has been widely misunderstood. Its literal definition suggests a fear of ‘open spaces’ agoraphobia is a condition which develops when a person begins to avoid spaces or situations associated with the potential for anxiety provocation.

Typical phobic situations might include:
Crowded places
Standing in line
Being alone
Social gathering
A person experiencing agoraphobia may fear having:
Anxiety attacks
Losing control
Embarrassing him/herself in such situations
This anxiety leads to the following behaviour:
1.Avoidance of these types of situations:
                Being alone outside of the home and or town
                Travelling in a car, bus, or airplane
                Being in a crowded area
                Being on a bridge
                Shopping centres
2.Endurance of such situations under great stress i.e., a panic attack
3.Requiring another person's company when in said situations.
4.People with agoraphobia can be seriously disabled by their condition. Some are
                Unable to work and travel even short distances
                May need to rely heavily on other family members, who must do the shopping and run               all the household errands, as well as
                Accompany the affected person on rare excursions outside the "safety zone." People             with this disorder may become house-bound for years, with resulting impairment of social             and interpersonal relationships. Thus the person with agoraphobia typically leads a life of             extreme dependency as well as great discomfort.
Agoraphobia Symptoms
Fear of being alone
Fear of losing control in a public place
Fear of being in places where escape might be difficult
Becoming house bound for prolonged periods
Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
Feelings of helplessness
Dependence upon others
Feeling that the body is unreal
Feeling that the environment is unreal
Anxiety or panic attack (acute severe anxiety)
Unusual temper or agitation with trembling or twitching
Additional symptoms that may occur:
Light-headedness, near fainting
Excessive sweating
Skin flushing
Breathing difficulty
Chest pain
Impaired vision
Heartbeat sensations
Nausea and vomiting
Numbness and tingling
Abdominal distress that occurs when upset
Confused or disordered thoughts
Intense fear of going crazy
Intense fear of dying
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A-H of Common Phobias
I-Z of Common Phobias
Diagnosis of Phobias
Brain and biochemical abnormalities
Cognitive factors
Solution focused therapy which will build the clients confidence which teaches a new way of responding to the old fears and anxieties.

Creating ‘in-vivo’ real-life exposure at an unconscious level – imaging the ideal outcome
Strategies and homework to test how the therapy is working in real-life between sessions
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