ASSESSMENT AND PREVALENCE OF AGORAPHOBIA AMONG DENTAL STUDENTS-A QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
INTRODUCTION: The symptoms of anxiety are present not only in panic disorder or other anxiety disorders, but are highly prevalent in the general population. Despite doing research on understanding subclinical or subthreshold symptoms relating to anxiety in non clinical community samples, which could give clues to factors relating to resilience or compensatory changes there is little research on biological research on anxiety disorders. The aim of the study focused on agoraphobia and agoraphobia symptoms on dental students.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire was developed and circulated among undergraduate dental students studying in different dental colleges. A list of 11 questionnaires that possibly influenced student’s agoraphobic symptoms in them. That data was collected and tabulated and analyzed.The data was analysed using SPSS software.
RESULT: In this study 197 students were given the questionnaire; the data was then analysed and have been tabulated along the charts for each question. In this study 87.31% of the dental students were aware about agoraphobia and 12.69% were not aware about agoraphobia. The p value < 0.05 is significant.
CONCLUSION: Within limitations it is concluded that the reason for agoraphobia is less among dental students studying in different dental colleges. They are aware about the agoraphobia and its symptoms but they are not affected by the agoraphobia in them so only less students in different dental colleges are subjected to agoraphobia that is fear of open or crowded places or areas where they are exposed to such situations.