Have you ever felt trapped in a situation and feared there was nowhere to escape? This is how someone with agoraphobia feels regularly. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder and it’s a lot more complex than most people realize.
This disorder is more than a fear of open spaces. Triggering situations can include enclosed spaces, open or remote spaces, and being far away from home. In severe cases, these fears may prevent an individual from leaving their home. Let’s uncover everything there is to know about agoraphobia, including the common signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
What Is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes an individual to avoid any situation or place that causes them to feel intense fear or anxiety of being trapped, helpless, scared, or embarrassed. This can cause the individual to avoid situations where they’re outside of the home alone such as traveling on a bus, airplane, or being in a crowded area.
Agoraphobia is a serious disorder because it can be very disabling and can even interfere with their personal relationships, work, or school, and even daily activities like going to the grocery store.