ICD-10-CM Code F40.0

Agoraphobia

Version 2021 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

F40.0 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of agoraphobia. The code is NOT valid for the year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:F40.0
Short Description:Agoraphobia
Long Description:Agoraphobia

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • F40.00 - ... unspecified
  • F40.01 - Agoraphobia with panic disorder
  • F40.02 - Agoraphobia without panic disorder

Clinical Information

  • AGORAPHOBIA-. obsessive persistent intense fear of open places.

Code Classification

  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders (F40-F48)
      • Phobic anxiety disorders (F40)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

Information for Patients


Phobias

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger.

There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

People with phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience

  • Panic and fear
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling
  • A strong desire to get away

Phobias usually start in children or teens, and continue into adulthood. The causes of specific phobias are not known, but they sometimes run in families.

Treatment helps most people with phobias. Options include medicines, therapy or both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

  • Agoraphobia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Phobia - simple/specific (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Social phobia (Medical Encyclopedia)

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