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Incidence of Agoraphobia

Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Sep 18, 2014
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Incidence of Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a very common phobia, seen to occur more commonly in women than men.

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Agoraphobia like all other phobias is seen to occur more commonly in women than men and

  • The condition usually develops during the late 20's or in the early 30's of ones life.
  • It is characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms without any apparent cause and in some situations the severity of the condition is known to reduce spontaneously.
  • Agoraphobia is reported to affect approximately 3.2 million American adults between ages 18 to 54 or about 2.2% of people of this age group in a year.
  • Statistics on Agoraphobia show that the lifetime prevalence is estimated at around 5-12%.
  • The incidence of agoraphobia is seen to be similar across races and ethnic groups in the U.S.

References:

  1. Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (IVth Edition): Oxford University Press - Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou & Philip Cowen.
  2. A Short Textbook of Psychiatry (Vth Edition): Jaypee Brothers, -Niraj Ahuja, MD.
  3. Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities. 6th Edition. Oxford press. -Judith Colier, Murray longmore, Peter Scally.

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sopy24

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

jillian

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????

guest

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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