Agoraphobia Research

(Also Known As: Panic Attack Research, Fear Of Being Away From Home Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Agoraphobia Related Research


Furukawa T.A. et al. completed a systematic review on the appropriate treatment for Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder and found that psychotherapy should be the primary treatment with anti-depressant drugs as a supplement in order to prevent the occurrence of panic attack symptoms. However they suggest that depending solely on anti-depressant drugs or other medications will not be effective for recovery from Agoraphobia. They found several advantages on using psychotherapy treatment and anti-depressant drugs as adjunct treatment to Agoraphobia. The rate of effectiveness of treatment is higher than using a single form of treatment alone. Second, psychotherapy treatment is made more effective when anti-depressants act to prevent the symptoms. 9


A random controlled research trial was conducted to determine the clinical efficacy of computerized cognitive-behavioral therapy (e-therapy) for anxiety and depression in the primary care as well as in Agoraphobia treatment. Proudfoot J. et al. presented how e-therapy is more effective than live therapy for individuals with Agoraphobia. Based on clinical trials on patients assigned for 4 experimental groups namely computerized CBT with medications, computerized CBT without medication, traditional CBT with medication and traditional CBT without medication. Follow up was made after 6 months of treatment and the outcome revealed that computerized CBT improved depression more than the traditional CBT regardless of other factors. Furthermore, computerized CBT was more effective than the traditional CBT in severe cases of anxiety disorder. The study concluded that the e-therapy or computerized CBT is more effective in treating anxiety and depressive disorders that are commonly manifested in Agoraphobia. 10

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Related Conditions

Acute Stress Disorder – mental shock, psychological shock. terrifying events, stress, anxiety
Antisocial Personality Disorder – disregard of rights of others, pervasive aggressive behavior, sociopaths, antisocial, conduct disorder, psychopaths
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – irrational worry, anxiety episodes, uncontrolled fear, restlessness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsessive, compulsive acts, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, fear, perfectionist
Panic Disorder – panic attack, anxiety attack, excessive worrying, agoraphobia, anticipatory attacks
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance
Social Anxiety Disorder – social phobia, social anxiety, unreasonable social fears, panic attack, agoraphobia, phobia