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Panic Disorder with agoraphobia

DEFINITION:

When faced with situations or places from which it is believed difficult to leave or escape, such as large stores, traffic jams on a motorway or a protest. Evident symptoms of anxiety begin to present themselves and, of not being able, a sense of high level of anxiety or panic crisis is felt. Sometimes the presence of a known person is necessary to be able to stand this situation.

FREQUENT PHYSICAL REACTIONS:

  • Palpitations and tachycardia
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Thoracic tightness
  • Dizziness

FREQUENT IDEAS:

  • "If I go out alone I will have a panic attack"
  • "I feel afraid of being in enclosed place where I cannot leave easily"
  • "I feel afraid of being in crowded places"
  • "I feel afraid of distancing myself from home"
  • "If I have a panic attack I will make a fool of myself or lose control"

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT IS NOT TREATED:

  • Excessive preoccupation for health.
  • Risk of progressively avoiding more and more situations, until staying confined at home.
  • Complication with other mental disorders (e.g. depression).
 

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