Agoraphobia - Glossary

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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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Agoraphobia - Glossary

Anxiety: An undesirable emotional state associated with psychological and physiological changes in response to mental conflicts.

Phobia: Persistent, irrational fear.

Syndrome: A group of symptoms that characterize a specific condition. A set of signs or a series of events occurring together that makes up a disease or health problem.

Depression: Mental state of low mood commonly associated with feelings of sadness, emptiness, despair or loss of interest in life or worldly matters.

Stimuli: Stimulates (temporarily arouses or accelerates) physiological activity of an organ or organ system.

Depersonalization: An alteration of ones self-perception due to which ones feelings of reality is temporarily changed or lost.

Obsessive compulsive: An anxiety disorder that is commonly characterized by the person's obsessive need to perform a particular task or set of tasks.

Tachycardia: Abnormally rapid heart rate (more than 100 beats per minute).

Panic: An acute, intense, overwhelming episodes of anxiety, very often associated with feelings of impending doom.

Delusions: A false, unshakable belief that cannot be corrected with reasoning, and is not in the same social, educational, or cultural background as the patient.

Psychotherapy: The therapy that involves the patient talking about their mental and emotional disorders to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or licensed counsellor for treatment.

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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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