Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder related to spaces perceived as dangerous or uncomfortable. The clichéd perception is dis-ease with ‘wide open spaces’, but agoraphobics might feel anxious in over-crowded arenas or overwhelming social situations, where they feel a lack of control and thus panic. It’s important to note that while certain places trigger anxiety, a fear of unprecedented panic attacks and not being able to receive help lies at the heart of agoraphobia. Symptoms include anti-social behaviour, trauma, and reluctance to leave safe-zones, such as the home. Treatment options include medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, gradual exposure therapy (or desensitization) and counseling.
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