What Is the Diagnosis and Treatment of Agoraphobia?

Q:
What is the diagnosis and treatment of agoraphobia?

A:
Agoraphobia is diagnosed based on:

  • In-depth interview with your doctor or a mental health professional
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Physical exam to rule out other conditions that could be causing your symptoms

Your doctor will usually treat agoraphobia with therapy, medication, or a combination.

  • Therapy. Cognitive therapy can teach you new ways to think about or face situations that cause panic. Sometimes your therapist may suggest exposure therapy, in which you try to slowly do some of the things that make you anxious.
  • Medicine. There are many drugs that your doctor might suggest for agoraphobia. The most common kinds are antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines.
  • Lifestyle changes. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet. Skip caffeine and alcohol. They can make your symptoms worse.
* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.