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In this video, psychiatrist Tracey Marks explores the often-debilitating disorder of agoraphobia, which entails a fear of being in certain places – locations where sufferers experience anxiety and are unable to escape or get help.
The diagnostic manual for mental disorders lists five scenarios that people with agoraphobia fear:
- Using transportation like trains, buses and planes
- Being in open spaces like parking lots, shopping malls, or bridges
- Being in enclosed places like a shop, or a theatre
- Standing in line, or being in a crowd
- Being outside of the home, alone
With agoraphobia, individuals fear or avoid such situations as they worry they may not be able to escape in the event they panic, or experience some incapacitating or embarrassing symptom.
The treatment for agoraphobia is cognitive behaviour therapy, sometimes accompanied by anxiety medication. Common methods used are exposure therapy and cognitive restructuring.
Learn more about agoraphobia here.
View the original video here.
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