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Psyche Agoraphobia or Specific phobia?

A 34-year-old secretary climbs 12 flights of stairs every day to reach her office because she is terrified by the thought of being trapped in the elevator. She has never had any traumatic event occur in an elevator; nonetheless, she has been terrified of them since childhood.
Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?
a. Social phobia
b. Performance anxiety
c. Generalized anxiety disorder
d. Specific phobia
e. Agoraphobia

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specific phobias, bcoz only she dont use elevator, elevator causing problem
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why not agpraphobia? by definition, it includes fear of strange places where escape may be difficult. so why not elevator fear agoraphobia......please help
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  • She has never had a traumatic event in an elevator (like a panic attack, for example)
  • No other things that she avoids were mentioned (shopping malls, airports, crowded stairways, etc)
I agree that it sounds like specific phobia rather than agoraphobia...
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why not agpraphobia? by definition, it includes fear of strange places where escape may be difficult. so why not elevator fear agoraphobia......please help
agoraphobia if she has fear of open places, in qs there's no any such mention, and pt is only not using elevator
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specific phobia,,based on step1 knowledge . .
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