Agoraphobia Symptoms and Diagnostic Information
Agoraphobia symptoms and diagnostic information:
Information related to
Agoraphobia Symptoms related to the associated
diagnosis follow below. While some of these
Agoraphobia symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical
professionals, and others, only properly trained mental health
professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can
or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional
factors are considered in addition to the Agoraphobia Symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and
psychological testing considerations. This information on Agoraphobia
Disorder symptoms are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.
a history of Panic Disorder
Agoraphobia, like other phobias, is made up of extreme anxiety and fear.
Different from other phobias, however, is the generalization which occurs.
Agoraphobia is the anxiety about being in places where escape might be difficult
or embarrassing or in which help may not be available should a panic attack
develop. It can be sub diagnosed as either ‘with’ or ‘without’ panic disorder
(see above). Typically situations that invoke anxiety are avoided and in extreme
cases, the person may never or rarely leave their home.
Treatment may involve anxiety reduction techniques aimed at increasing the
control a person feels over his or her anxiety and fears. Other approaches
require the individual to work through their anxiety in relation to
interpersonal or childhood issues.
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(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)