Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by a sufferer experiencing anxiety in situations where the person perceives that it is a difficult situation to escape, or a tough situation in which to seek help.
These situations can include being in wide-open spaces with little foliage, as well as in uncontrollable social situations like going to shopping malls, or airports. Psychologists traditionally see agoraphobia as a scale within the spectrum of the DSM-IV tests as a subset of panic disorders.
In the past, people believed agoraphobia was caused and developed as a complication of panic attacks. However, there is evidence that this relationship may not be as simple as it seems, and that agoraphobia is more subtle and nuanced than just simply being related to a basic panic attack.
Agoraphobia can be onset by a variety of seemingly innocent events, but at the end of the day, it appears a trend in underlying cause is that it is set off by those who perceive that they have no control over a certain situation or event.
Agoraphobia traditionally has the basic symptoms of a panic attack or other onset anxiety disorder. These can range from increased heart rate and heart palpitations, to a host of other issues and problems like breathing issues, rising stress levels, poor decision-making, and more.
Symptoms set on fairly quickly during a case of agoraphobia and a patient has little control over how and how intensely they arrive once they are onset. The best way to relieve these symptoms is to remove the particular person from the situation or area, and get them in a calm, relaxed state again.
Disability Tax Credits for Agoraphobia
If you or a family member has symptoms resembling those of agoraphobia or other anxiety-related conditions, you may qualify for Canada’s Disability Tax Credit and other benefits. A person with severe agoraphobia would likely qualify under the category of mental functions. Call HandyTax today to speak to a friendly representative!