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How is agoraphobia treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The goal in treating agoraphobia is to decrease symptoms by using exposure therapy. Exposure therapy involves taking baby steps, each a little further outside your comfort zone. For people who are afraid of leaving their homes, those steps are literal -- slowly widening the area around your house that you feel safe operating within. Gradually, the person with agoraphobia realizes that they can go places without experiencing panic, and that discovery reinforces their comfort with the activity.

In the most extreme cases, people can begin treatment over the phone with a psychotherapist. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication are sometimes used to treat the disorder.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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