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Agoraphobia

June 16th, 2007 ·

Most uninformed people categorize agoraphobia with deranged individuals who hide from society.  Sadly, this depiction could not be farther from the truth.  The fact is that agoraphobics are often normal people who lived a life free of mental disorders for a long period of time.  Their affliction developed after the onset of chronic panic attacks or generalized panic disorder.  They strongly desire to take part in social endeavors, but their condition limits them.

Agoraphobia is not a genetic condition, but rather a learned response that develops gradually.  It builds as a defensive mechanism to avoid suffering paralyzing panic attacks and anxiety symptoms.  The human mind subconsciously prepares itself for panic attacks by instilling fear for any situation that may trigger an anxious response.  This cycle of panic attack and impending panic attack causes agoraphobic individuals to change their entire lifestyle just to avoid these feelings of terror. Typically, this leads to the avoidance of public places where embarrassment and helplessness are the likely outcomes of a panic episode.

As the agoraphobia sufferer continues to eliminate “safe places” from their daily lives, they become more and more limited in their lifestyle.  They can even end up being housebound as they try to avoid certain situations.

This vicious and debilitating mental condition runs a deep cycle of reinforcement that builds the severity of each case. This why it is so important to treat the initial symptoms before a negative pattern is developed.  This usually means seeking treatment within the first cases of panic attacks before they spiral into agoraphobia.

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