Guide To Diagnosing And Treating Agoraphobia

Interview With A Mental Health Professional

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Even if an individual doesn't avoid leaving the house entirely, they may still have agoraphobia if their fear of these situations causes them to avoid day-to-day activities. If an individual's hobbies or social life are impeded, it's important for them to talk to a mental health professional about treatment. During an interview with a mental health professional, the patient will be asked a series of questions about their symptoms. This will help the professional determine if they meet the diagnostic criteria for agoraphobia, a different anxiety disorder, or another psychiatric condition. Patients might be diagnosed with agoraphobia in addition to one or more co-occurring psychiatric conditions. he professional will also ask questions about the patient's physical health history and family history to determine if their symptoms might be caused by an underlying physical condition instead. Even if patients aren't diagnosed with agoraphobia specifically, the mental health professional can help determine what is causing the feelings of fear and anxiety. From there, they'll help develop a treatment plan.

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