Agoraphobia - Frequently Asked Questions

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Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Sep 18, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor do I need to consult?

It would be necessary to consult a Psychiatrist.

2. What are the causes of Agoraphobia?

There is no known definitive cause for Agoraphobia. There are many theories that suggest that it could be caused due to of a number of physical and environmental factors.

3. Are there any specific tests for Agoraphobia?

No, the doctor makes the diagnosis solely on the information given by the patient. The doctor would make the diagnosis after carefully evaluating the patient to make sure there are no signs of other mental or physical disorders.

4. Can a person suffer from agoraphobia without having any history of panic attacks?

Yes. About 10% of people with agoraphobia do not experience panic attacks.

5. Are parents any way responsible in making a child more prone to agoraphobia?

There are no conclusive results, but many studies suggest that some individuals who suffer from panic disorder and agoraphobia have had a history of overprotective families.

6. What is the course of Agoraphobia with treatment?

The prognosis is actually very good, with proper medication and psychotherapy, 90% of patients will find significant improvement in their symptoms and condition.

7. How does one lower the risk of becoming agoraphobic?

Generally it may not be possible to prevent agoraphobia

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hello sir..may be i have this kind of phobia when i travel in crowded train...staying away from my family for job purpose....i feel sweating, vometing, uncomfirtable what should i do....i feel losing control on my body. is der any treatment available for this...

rahul786

respected sir i am also feeling these type of fear and facing the same situation presently..... some more situation i face is that due to fear of crowd my stomach is unable to digest food due to fear whatever i had eaten 5 minutes earlier leads to 1st stomach ache then intestnal contraction and then loose motion plz help me

It isn't like me to ever be first for anything. I am 53 and have not left my home but twice in over a year. I have suffered shyness my whole life. I have had a number of stressful episodes in my life and still have been able to overcome them except this one. But now I am at the mercy of my daughter to help me and I want to find a way forward. I don't have insurance so I can't get medical help. What help is there for me????

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I've had agoraphobia since I was 16 and the best book is by Claire Weeks, Simple Effective Treatment for Agoraphobia. It's simple, makes sense and really helps. The correct medication is really helpful. You can do it!

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