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Agoraphobia Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia symptoms may include:

  • Fear of being alone
  • Worrying when in crowded places such as a department store or sports stadium
  • Fear of losing control in a public place
  • Fear of being in a location or situation where it would be difficult to get out of such as an elevator or train
  • Being housebound for a prolonged period of time
  • Feeling of helplessness
  • Seeking too much help or overdependence on a trust individual
  • Feeling that their body as well as their environment are unreal

There are also cases where Agoraphobia is associated with panic attacks. In such cases, the signs and symptoms include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Flushing
  • Nausea
  • Upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling a loss of control
  • Trouble swallowing

Persons suffering from Agoraphobia demonstrate fear in unfamiliar places or where they feel they have little control. If the anxiety, panic-like symptoms and avoidance behaviors hinder the person or make it difficult for them to go out or makes them avoid certain places or situations, then they may need to seek medical attention for Agoraphobia. Individuals should not allow Agoraphobia to limit or alter their daily life.

A mental health professional will try to determine if the individual might have a Panic Disorder, social phobia or another specific type of phobia, rather than Agoraphobia, since these all can resemble one another. 2

Could You Have Agoraphobia?

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