Agoraphobia is the irrational fear of crowded places, people, or objects. It is derived from the Greek word; "agora" meaning the market place, or a place of assembly, and a "phobia" meaning an irrational fear.
Agoraphobia is a common 'Anxiety disorder'
- It is one of the commonest types of phobic conditions seen in clinical practise.
- It is defined as a phobic disorder that is characterised by an irrational fear of being in places away from familiar settings
Some common situations include:
- Crowded places
- Standing in line
- Being alone
- Meetings and social gatherings.
History of Agoraphobia
- Westphal in 1872 was the first to describe the condition.
- When describing the condition he stressed on the importance of anxiety associated with the condition.
- Around the 1960's Agoraphobia was classified as a 'Phobic Anxiety Disorder'.
- Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry (IVth Edition): Oxford University Press - Michael Gelder, Richard Mayou & Philip Cowen.
- A Short Textbook of Psychiatry (Vth Edition): Jaypee Brothers, -Niraj Ahuja, MD.
- Oxford Handbook of Clinical Specialities. 6th Edition. Oxford press. -Judith Colier, Murray longmore, Peter Scally.
Latest Publications and Research on Agoraphobia
- Anxiety Disorders in the DSM-5: Changes, Controversies, and Future Directions. - Published by PubMed
- Well-Being Therapy in Anxiety Disorders. - Published by PubMed
- Role of Benzodiazepines in Anxiety Disorders. - Published by PubMed
- Current and Novel Psychopharmacological Drugs for Anxiety Disorders. - Published by PubMed
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: Integrating Traditional with Digital Treatment Approaches. - Published by PubMed