A psychological evaluation will determine if you have agoraphobia. A psychiatrist or psychologist will ask your a series of questions about your history of panic attacks, physical health, and feelings. If your case fits the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) criteria, then you will have an official agoraphobia diagnosis. A physical exam is also recommended because physical symptoms like chest pain could also be symptoms for other conditions like heart disease.
When we continually hear horror stories of mass killings or terrorism…Columbine, 9/11, Oklahoma City, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colorado, Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon and now the D.C Navy Yard…we begin to wonder, are we safe anywhere? After all, if you aren’t safe in an elementary school or in a Navy Yard, what is left? Tragedies such as…