Understanding Agoraphobia, a fear of crowds & helplessness in the outdoors

Agoraphobia is characterized by panic in reaction to the mere idea of an uncontrollable situation involving large groups or outdoor spaces. The phobia is linked to anxiety disorders and affects nearly 3% of the population. From avoiding crowds to fearing them Fear of overcrowded or confined places, but also vast and open places is known as […]

Panic attack

“Panic attack” was published on wikipedia.org, and is shown here in its original form.  However, this version is designed for W3C, accessibility compliance.   Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something bad is going to happen.[1][2] The maximum degree of symptoms occurs within minutes.[2] Typically they last […]

Panic disorder

“Panic disorder” was published on wikipedia.org, and is shown here in its original form.  However, this version is designed for W3C, accessibility compliance.   Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by reoccurring unexpected panic attacks.[1] Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, numbness, or a feeling that something terrible is going to happen.[1][2] The maximum […]

Beyond Pack-Rat: Hoarding Disorder and Diogenes syndrome

Compulsive hoarding, aka Diogenes syndrome, is a pathological anxiety disorder that hampers a person’s general ability to disassociate value from objects. Typically this manifests in an accumulation of unnecessary items over a period of months, or even years. Although this trend remains controllable in a majority of individuals with the disorder, compulsive hoarding can evolve […]