agoraphobia

agoraphobia2017-01-26T10:07:37+00:00

agoraphobia

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agoraphobia

PSYCHOLOGY

Definition Morbid fear of open spaces, crowded, public places (markets, malls, crowds) or fear of leaving home.

Comment Agoraphobia differs from phobic states, which are more limited and evoked by a specific palette of animals or situations. Agoraphobia is characterised by generalised anxiety and associated with panic attacks, has an early adult onset, 2:1 female:male ratio, often arises in an abnormal physiologic and psychologic substrate and responds poorly to therapy.

 

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