Agoraphobia Treatment In Whittier

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Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that consumes people with fear. This fear can be life hindering. People who have agoraphobia may be afraid to leave their house, be in public places, or be afraid of upcoming events such as a doctor’s appointment.People who struggle with agoraphobia are fearful of life events. This could be anywhere between having to use a restroom and being afraid that they won’t make it in time, to getting lost and not having a way to get back home. 

This type of anxiety disorder typically starts after having one or more panic attacks. People who develop agoraphobia are afraid of having another major panic attack. Although agoraphobia is separate from panic attack disorder,  panic attacks are a side effect.

What Are The &
Sighs of Agoraphonia?

Many people struggle with anxiety so it is important to know the difference between agoraphobia and anxiety disorder. Having one doesn’t mean you necessarily have the other. 

Here are the signs of agoraphobia:

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What Are Symptoms
Of Agoraphobia?

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When dealing with agoraphobia people may develop symptoms of stress and overwhelmment. There are a lot of other physical, mental, and emotional symptoms you can experience as well.

Physical Symptoms of Agoraphobia include:

Mental and Emotional Symptoms include:

What causes

Although researchers don’t know the exact cause of agoraphobia, there are some things that may contribute to developing agoraphobia. 

Here is a list of things that may contribute to developing agoraphobia:

  • Extreme stressful events in life such as divorce, losing a job, or legal issues.
  • Being in an abusive relationship
  • Experiencing an important loss of a loved one such as a partner, child, or parent. 
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol 
  • Having past mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, anorexia, or bulimia 

These can all be a factor when it comes to agoraphobia. Not being able to deal with the issues listed above can cause extreme fear in daily life. If you lose a loved one, you may be afraid of losing other loved ones, or even have the intense fear of dying yourself. That can be a reason why someone wouldn’t want to leave their home. 

Other things like abusing drugs or alcohol can be a very big reason someone might develop agoraphobia. If someone takes a drug that messes with the neurotransmitters it can affect the way a person thinks. Even with drugs such as LSD Acid or Mushrooms, consuming psychedelics and having a bad “trip” can create extreme fear.  

How is
Agoraphobia Diagnosed?

If you think that you have agoraphobia it is extremely important to speak to your primary care physician or a mental health provider as soon as possible. If you are afraid of leaving your home to visit your local offices, you can ask someone to go with you, or you can ask if they offer virtual appointments. 


When you speak to either your PCH or a mental health special such as a therapist or a psychologist they may ask you a few of the following questions:


  • Are you afraid  or feel extreme stress when it’s time to leave your home?
  • Do you depend on others to help or be with you when you do errands such as grocery shopping or going inside a bank?
  • Are there places you avoid going? Why do you feel extreme fear or stress when thinking about going there?


According to the  American Psychiatric Association some must have two or more of the following listed below in order to be diagnosed with agoraphobia:


  • Using public transportation
  • Being in open spaces
  • Being in enclosed places
  • Standing in line or being in a crowd
  • Being outside the home alone

Also someone who is diagnosed with agoraphobia will typically experience these symptoms for more than a 6 month period. It will start interfering with a person’s daily life and start to cause problems. 

Agoraphobia Treatment
in Los Angeles

To get the best results from treatment, mental health patients should be treated for  their disorders by a professional. A program that will offer a safe environment is vital for a persons success of getting the right help.

Specialized treatment programs focus on individualized care in order to treat each specific disorder. This program teaches people who struggle with mental health symptoms. Therapy along with medication management when appropriate helps to treat agoraphobia.

At Solace Treatment in Whittier, California, we use these treatment modalities:

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Addiction and mental health disorders are a common struggle among American adults. With treatment, recovery from these disorders is possible. Treatment can include therapy and medication management if needed.

If you or your loved ones are struggling with addiction or mental health, reach out Solace Treatment today. Our team can answer any questions you may have and give you a better understanding of our program.