What causes agoraphobia?

It is not well known what the exact cause of agoraphobia is. This disorder is most frequently associated with having a type of anxiety disorder called a panic disorder. Panic disorders cause people to have panic attacks. Panic attacks are episodes of intense fear/anxiety. These episodes have no specific reason behind them and are typically short in duration. Agoraphobia develops when people with panic disorders become extremely afraid of having a panic attack in certain situations/places where they will be unable to leave or get help. 
 
Having a nervous temperament and/or experiencing a stressful life event may also contribute to a person developing agoraphobia. 
 
The role of biology and genetics in the development of agoraphobia is still being explored. 
 
 
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Sources:
  • “Agoraphobia.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 22 Mar. 2017. Web. 1 Aug. 2017.
  • “Agoraphobia.” Cleveland Clinic, 8 May. 2015. Web. 1 Aug. 2017.

 

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