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Agoraphobia is a member of the 'phobia' family defined as an anxiety disorder. Phobia's are irrational fears, people suffering from agoraphobia have an... Trapped inside Agoraphobia

The symptoms of agoraphobia frequently start mild, such as no longer leaving the house alone but always with someone else, then progressing as the agoraphobic isolates themselves more and more until complete isolation.
Agoraphobia usually begins in adolescence to early adulthood, but can occur at any age.  Females are at greater risk than males, especially those that have been widowed, separated, or divorced.  On the other hand people of African American, Asian, or Hispanic decent have a lower risk of developing agoraphobia.
There are several treatments used to treat agoraphobia including specific types of psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Exposure therapy is a type of psychotherapy where a person is gradually exposed to the situation causing the fear.  There are also medications that are frequently prescribed to treat agoraphobia including antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants, beta blockers and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Untreated agoraphobia can lead to a variety of physical impairments including irritable bowel syndrome or asthma.  There are numerous  organizations available that offer assistance with coping, support, and treatments available.

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