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Agoraphobia

„Agoraphobia“ - the fear from marketplace.

Agoraphobia includes various phobias embracing fears of leaving home: fears of entering shops, crowds, and public places, or of traveling alone in trains, buses, underground or planes.

The lack of an immediately available exit is one of the key features of many agoraphobic situations.

The avoidance behaviour causes sometimes that the sufferer becomes completely housebound.

Most sufferers are women. Onset - early adult life.

The lifetime prevalence - between 5—7%.

High co-morbidity with panic disorder; depressive and obsessional symptoms and social phobias may be also present.

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