Fear of open spaces
One-third to one-half of those in community samples who have panic disorder also suffer from Agoraphobia. The typical age of onset is either in late adolescence or the mid-30s.
Clients with agoraphobia are treated with a combination of relaxation training, physiological feedback and virtual reality graded exposure therapy. Together, the therapist and client work to create a list of situations that become increasingly more anxiety provoking. The client is then exposed to these situations in virtual reality in controlled progressive stages.
This particular scenario put the patient in a city like environment with cars, people, streets and buildings. The idea is to immerse the patient into the environment to trigger realistic responses.
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