What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is a type of phobia characterised by:

Symptoms of Agoraphobia

In most cases the affected people avoid leaving home, because they experience a strong fear of being in public places such as:

or a strong fear in situations such as:

Although persons suffering from agoraphobia usually avoid leaving their homes, some will venture out if accompanied by someone they trust.

Often people suffering from agoraphobia have had previous experiences of high stress or even panic attacks in the feared places or situations, and they avoid those places or situations for the fear that another panic attack may occur unpredictably.

Research shows that young people, early to mid twenties, and early thirties are at the greatest risk of developing agoraphobia.

Other conditions associated with Agoraphobia

In reporting about their agoraphobia some clients also reported about experiences that could lead to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), or even OCD (Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder).

In describing some of their first panic attacks or their first encounters with the feared places or situations some clients also described the feelings of:

The fear of dying (Thanatophobia) is another common phobia experienced by people suffering from agoraphobia. Arguably, this phobia of dying may be linked to their initial strong fear of dying they felt during the early panic attacks.

Separation anxiety disorder may also be experienced by persons suffering from agoraphobia, especially when they are left home alone by their parents, spouse, children, or other carers.

Please note that the information on this page should not be used for self-diagnosis or to diagnose others. If you feel that you can relate to one or more of the Agoraphobia symptoms described above, contact us now for a confidential discussion and to get help for your problem.

Agoraphobia and the associated fears and anxieties can be treated with psychotherapy and hypnotherapy.