Agoraphobia is the fear of going
out into public places. It can occur with or without panic attacks.
In milder forms, agoraphobia may
cause an individual to avoid certain situations and jobs. However, in some
cases, the fear increases until the individual becomes depressed and housebound.
Occasionally one may be too fearful to come in for treatment. This may be a
reason for resurrecting the old concept of the physician’s house call.
Individuals with severe
agoraphobia should usually start both medication and therapy as soon as
possible. Without the medication, such an individual might not be able to make
full use of the therapeutic process. People with mild to moderate symptoms might
chose a combination approach or therapy alone. Homework between situations, and
coaching from family members or therapists help one gradually face the feared
Carol E. Watkins, MD
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Our practice has experience in the treatment of Attention
(ADD or ADHD), Depression, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive
Disorder, and other
psychiatric conditions. We are located in Northern Baltimore County and serve the
Baltimore County, Carroll County and Harford County areas in Maryland. Since we are near
the Pennsylvania border, we also serve the York County area. Our
services include psychotherapy, psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and
family therapy. We treat children, adults, and the elderly.
We also maintain a list of informative web sites on mental health
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Lutherville and Monkton
Baltimore County, Maryland
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