CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Agoraphobia is a specific type of an anxiety disorder that involves a fear of entering into public spaces such as those that are too open or too crowded.
Approximately 1 in 100 US adults has been diagnosed with agoraphobia (Harvard Medical School National Comorbidity Survey, 2007).
A person suffering with agoraphobia may fear particular situations and environments and make efforts to avoid them. They may have difficulty with leaving the house or using public transport systems. The fear of leaving the home is disproportionate to the situation and when the person is exposed to a public place, they may panic.
Physiological symptoms of panic are very distressing and include:
- Racing heart/palpitations,
- Chest pain,
- Feeling dizzy or faint,
- Or gastrointestinal discomfort.
While there is not one exact cause of agoraphobia, several potential reasons could include childhood trauma or a previous traumatic event, neurochemical imbalances, or an impaired “fight or flight” response (sympathetic nervous system activation).
Agoraphobia is often diagnosed along with panic disorder as entering fear public spaces may trigger frequent panic attacks. Treatments such as exposure therapy, EMDR/CBT therapy, BLAST technology in TouchPoints, or medication may help treat the symptoms of agoraphobia.
The person with agoraphobia may think that staying at home is the cure. However, “avoidance is never a cure” according to Dr. Serin. This serves to limit the external circumstances that can trigger panic and anxiety, but graduated exposure therapy and a lessening of an overactive fight or flight response can work to get a person to re-integrate into a normal life.
Serin Center specialists have treated hundreds of individuals with agoraphobia successfully, with many returning to work, driving again, and creating and maintaining successful in-person friendships and intimate relationships. In some cases, we can begin tele-therapy until the patient is comfortable coming into the office.
Harvard Medical School, 2007. National Comorbidity Survey (NCS). (2017, August 21). Retrieved from https://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/ncs/index.php. Data Table 2: 12-month prevalence DSM-IV/WMH-CIDI disorders by sex and cohort.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD