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Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes a person to avoid situations that they are afraid might cause panic. Being alone, leaving home or or other situations where one could feel trapped or helpless if they do panic serve as examples. Driving is a common concern.


People with agoraphobia often feel unsafe in public places, or in crowds. The fears can be so overwhelming that people sometimes feel like prisoners in their own home.


As with many panic disorders, the anxiety symptoms are so upsetting that they become the focus. A cycle of "fear of the fear" is established. We once met a man who was afraid to drive because he was afraid he would have a panic attack while driving.


At Bill Jacobs LPCC, we usually us EMDR to get down to and eliminate the causes of the orginal anxiety. After that, the fear of panic symptoms diminish as the panic diminishes.

Agoraphobia may be linked to other anxiety disorders and depression. It can be extremely unpleasant to be restricted by one's own fears.


For more information on Agoraphobia go to the Mayo Clinc article.


If you or someone you know suffers from Agoraphobia, there are ways to reduce the anxiety. For help give us a call at Bill Jacobs LPCC or send us an email.


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