(Also Known As: Panic Attack, Fear Of Being Away From Home)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder related to fear. A person with Agoraphobia might feel anxious about being trapped in a place or situation. Or they might fear having a panic attack and not being able to get the help they need and losing control. 1 People with Agoraphobia will tend to avoid location or things that might evoke panic-like symptoms. A few of these places and situations might include elevators, sporting complex, bridges, buses, trains, airplanes or other public transportation, driving, grocery stores, shopping malls, and even waiting in line. Agoraphobia treatment can be challenging because it usually means confronting fears.

Agoraphobia is sometimes misunderstood as a “fear of open spaces”, for those who suffer from this condition are called agoraphobics. They are not automatically afraid of open spaces but they are afraid of having or experiencing panicked feelings. It is an unreasonable fear that something bad will happen in a public place or right in their home.

Compared with other disorders like Social Anxiety Disorder, agoraphobics are not afraid of particular places or open spaces but rather they are afraid of being in any place where there are no persons they can trust or help cannot be obtained if a panic symptom arises.

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Agoraphobia Topics

Related Conditions

Acute Stress Disorder – mental shock, psychological shock. terrifying events, stress, anxiety
Antisocial Personality Disorder – disregard of rights of others, pervasive aggressive behavior, sociopaths, antisocial, conduct disorder, psychopaths
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – irrational worry, anxiety episodes, uncontrolled fear, restlessness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – obsessive, compulsive acts, intrusive thoughts, anxiety, fear, perfectionist
Panic Disorder – panic attack, anxiety attack, excessive worrying, agoraphobia, anticipatory attacks
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance
Social Anxiety Disorder – social phobia, social anxiety, unreasonable social fears, panic attack, agoraphobia, phobia