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Agoraphobic Nosebleed And Agoraphobia

By Aaron W. Bicknese

Nosebleed or epistaxis is a symptom of a number of diseases, disorders, and conditions.Although quite rare, agoraphobic nosebleed or epistaxis related to agoraphobia happens to a few people who have been diagnosed with agoraphobia or other anxiety disorders.

What is agoraphobia?

Phobias are generally defined as unrelenting irrational and often overblown fear of a situation, a person or an object, causing the person experiencing this fear to device ways to avoid it. Agoraphobia, as a form of phobia, is a condition of unrelenting and irrational fear of a situation where escape could be impossible or humiliating. Agoraphobics experience an intense wave of fear when in an environment where they think escape would be hard for them or would be embarrassing.

Agoraphobia is usually compounded with fear of being embarrassed in public situations, often resulting to the onset of panic. This condition is known as social agoraphobia, which is sometimes referred to as social phobia or social anxiety. Not all forms of agoraphobia are related to social situations however. There are certain types of agoraphobia that are directly related to only one place or situation where usually a previous attack occurred. Other types of agoraphobia may be related to other types of anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Most forms of irrational fear that prevent a person from going out, in fact, may be classified as agoraphobia.

Previously thought as the fear of being in public places, agoraphobia is now largely considered as fear of not being able to escape from a specific situation, not from a social situation. Two related conditions which are typically interchanged with agoraphobia are claustrophobia (fear of being closed in and having no escape) and social phobia (fear of being in public situation).

Causes of Agoraphobia

The exact causes of this condition are unknown, although theories offer plausible explanations. One is that agoraphobia is closely related to the occurrence of another condition, usually an anxiety disorder, substance abuse, and stressful environments. Dependence on tranquilizers and sleeping medications have also been known to have some effect on the condition as well as the presence of problems with spatial orientation. People with agoraphobia have been observed to have weak or imbalanced spatial orientation. They tend to be disoriented or overwhelmed when visual cues are lacking or when these are too many for them to analyze simultaneously.

Although there are a lot of factors that are known to influence the development of agoraphobia, like many other anxiety disorders, it is also known to run in families.

Signs and Symptoms of Agoraphobia

The major symptom of agoraphobia is panic attack predisposed by anxiety caused by being in a situation or a place where escape could be impossible or embarrassing. Like all anxiety disorders, other symptoms of agoraphobia include intense level of anxiety, rapid heartbeat, upset stomach or nausea, dizziness, trembling, shaking, hot flushes and disorientation.

Although very unusual, some agoraphobics do experience nose bleeding that is associated with agoraphobia or agoraphobic nosebleed. The main symptom being the formation of blood in the nose prior to, during, or after a panic attack that is associated with agoraphobia. This is not among the major symptoms of agoraphobia and is thus rarely mentioned in medical books.

Agoraphobic nosebleed is a very rare and unusual symptom of agoraphobia. If experiencing this condition, it is advisable to first consult your doctor to rule out other possible conditions. Know more about agoraphobia by visiting my website.

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Bicknese, Aaron W. "Agoraphobic Nosebleed And Agoraphobia." Agoraphobic Nosebleed And Agoraphobia. 23 Jul. 2010. 16 Aug 2014 <>.

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