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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How effective is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in treating agoraphobia?

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  • Damien Haines

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Damien Haines is a registered Clinical Psychologist who brings a warm and empathetic approach to therapy. He emphasises engagement in the world and encourages clients … View Profile

    The short answer is very. The long (realistic) answer is far more involved. Effective treatment for agoraphobia relies on a number of variables such as how long the person has sufered from it, medications they may be taking (some medications in particular benzodiazapines have been shown to increase agoraphobia and panic and interfere with effective treatment for those conditions), how committed the person is to treatment (ie doing the homework set by the psychologist), the relationship you establish with the therapist, biological factors, personality characteristics and logistical issues (ie can you even leave the house to make it to treatment).

    These more complicated things need to be well addressed in therapy so as to maximise the treatment outcome for yourself.

  • beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of … View Profile

    Agree with above post. CBT can be very helpful to teach you strategies to overcome the overwhelming anxiety, and plays a vital role in treatment and recovery for agoraphobia.
    You can even find effective CBT on line. Check out the beyondblue e-mental health directory on the website www.beyondblue.org.au.
    Take care,

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