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Claustrophobia and Agoraphobia

July 12th, 2007 ·

People who experience chronic panic attacks also tend to suffer from agoraphobia and claustrophobia as well.  These conditions contribute to the effect that anxiety has on their lives.  When combined with the fears of having a panic attack, these conditions can make daily activities virtually impossible to participate in.

Claustrophobia is a fear of enclosed spaces.  This could be anything from cars to elevators, and even small rooms.  Agoraphobia on the other hand is the fear of open spaces.  Examples of open spaces include large public gathering areas like sports arenas, shopping malls, and airports. No matter what type of space invokes anxiety in the patient, the side effects are generally similar.  Dizziness, instability, sweating, and increased heart rate are all common experiences with both agoraphobia and claustrophobia.

Because these conditions tend come in conjunction with panic attacks, it is important to treat both conditions at the same time.  It is unlikely that the patient will overcome his or her panic disorder while they are suffering from other psychological issues.  In fact, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and claustrophobia all feed off of one another.  The negative effects of one can easily snowball into more severe experiences of the other.  Recognizing this relationship will help the physician prescribed a more effective treatment plan.

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