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Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is a disorder involving intense fear or anxiety about being in settings where escape may be difficult and/or embarrassing, in the event one has a panic attack or panic-like symptoms. Agoraphobia can be severely debilitating for the approximately 3.2 million Americans who suffer from it[1]. This disorder involves fear of situations such as public transportation, open spaces (e.g., bridges, parking lots), enclosed spaces (e.g., theaters, stores), crowds or simply being out of the house alone. Someone with Agoraphobia will often require a companion in these situations and yet still, suffer through them with extreme distress. More commonly, the person will avoid such situations altogether, resulting in social isolation, the inability to carry out normal activities of living and – in severe cases – the inability to leave home. Here at Milestones Ranch Malibu, our highly qualified and compassionate staff helps our clients understand the root of their Agoraphobia and offer different treatment options (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral therapy, exposure (or in vivo therapy) to help manage the disorder, all while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of our 120-acre ranch nestled into the hillsides of Malibu, California. (Tour Milestones Ranch Here)

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[1] http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/agoraphobia-among-adults.shtml

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