In continuation of my earlier post dealing with agoraphobia, we now turn to the demographics and possible causes.
The DSM 5 reports that in two-thirds of cases, initial onset occurs before 35 years of age.
Complete remission is exceedingly rare and the DSM reports that complete remission occurs in only 10% of cases.
Generally, the causes of agoraphobia follow from a few categories. Environmental considerations may include negative childhood experiences such as death of a parent. Other stressful events may also lead to the behaviours associated with agoraphobia. These events may include assault or mugging.
The DSM states that agoraphobia is at least 61% heritable.
Generally there is a high-level comorbidity such as generalised anxiety disorders and depression.
What interventions do you think would help those suffering with agoraphobia?
Have you known someone with agoraphobia and if so how have they adapted?