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Space "phobia": a pseudo-agoraphobic syndrome.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7264685     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Space phobia in 13 patients is described with features distinct from agoraphobia. Its hallmark is fear of absent visuospatial support (open spaces) and of falling, unlike the fear of public places found in agoraphobia. Other distinctions are the much later mean age of onset (55 years compared with 24 years), rarity of depression or free floating anxiety, limited response to treatment by exposure in vivo, and the frequent presence of diverse neurological and cardiovascular disorders which can progress until the patient is confined to a wheelchair. Space phobia may indicate disturbed integration of vestibulo-ocular reflexes due to diverse lesions in the neck or more centrally. Better understanding of the pathogenesis may illuminate how anxiety produces some physical symptoms.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0022-3050     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  1981 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-10-14     Completed Date:  1981-10-14     Revised Date:  2012-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  387-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Agoraphobia / diagnosis*,  etiology
Anxiety Disorders / complications
Dizziness / complications
Middle Aged
Phobic Disorders / diagnosis*
Space Perception*
Spondylolysis / complications

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