AGORAPHOBIA OR THE FEAR OF THE SELF

In the early medical reports the cause of agoraphobia (AG) was described as a lack of self-confidence spurred by the sight of large grounds or extensive structures, which essentially represent the spatial organization  of big cities. According to that model, the prominent feature of agoraphobia is a fear of self that is rooted in the […]

AGORAPHOBIA OR THE SEARCH FOR A SECURE BASE

A different approach to agoraphobia is to view it as an anxiety-driven attempt to find a secure base or a space associated with a caregiver or significant other, which is reminiscent of the attitude of the toddler who does not wander far from her mother (i.e., secure base) when exploring her world. When stressed or […]

LINK BETWEEN EXPOSURE TO FLUORESCENT LIGHTING AND AGORAPHOBIA

Past research highlights the potential contribution of conventional fluorescent lighting to anxiety symptoms in agoraphobia. Such type of lighting usually pulsates in brightness between a maximum and a minimum twice with each cycle of alternate current electricity supply (e.g., 100Hz). In return, this pulsation causes the cells in the retina and the lateral geniculate nucleus […]