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    Agoraphobia

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    Gaining and Understanding of Agoraphobia

    Agoraphobia is often diagnosed with a panic attack or without a history of panic attacks. This is very important for professionals to remember, as well as clients, because agoraphobia itself does not have a specific code in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.  With that being said, let us look at the symptoms that are often experienced when someone is suffering from this disorder (with or without panic attacks).

    Criteria:

    1.)    The person will have a lot of anxiety when it comes to being in places, or even situations, where they may not be able to get out.  They may also have a fear that they are not able to get help if they are having a panic attack, or symptoms similar to a panic attack.  Some of the most common fears include being out of the home alone, being in a large group of people, or even being on a bridge.

    2.)    Someone that is suffering from this type of condition will most likely avoid these situations.  If they are not able to avoid the situation, they will have a great deal of stress in relation to the situation and having a panic attack.

    3.)    The symptoms are not better explained by a diagnosis of Social Phobia, PTSD or even Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.