Agoraphobia - The Extreme Fear Of Public Places

Posted In: Family & Marriage Counseling     2018-03-06     30

It’s normal to worry sometimes. But when your fears keep you away from being social and avoid places or situations that might make you feel trapped, then it is definitely worrisome. This condition could be a type of anxiety disorder – Agoraphobia.

 

People with agoraphobia might panic when they are in:

 

  • Standing in a crowded line.
  • Public transportation such as trains, ships, buses, or planes.
  • Closed places including stores or movie theatres.
  • Large, open spaces like bridges and parking lots.
  • Being outside the home alone.

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Who is more prone to agoraphobia?

 

Women under the age of 35 are usually more susceptible to agoraphobia as compared to men, but seldom, it can also affect elderly people.

 

Related signs and symptoms

 

Common signs of people with agoraphobia are:

  • Fear of being outside their home for a longer time
  • Fear of being left alone in the social situation
  • Fear of being alone in public places
  • They are also afraid of being in places where they feel trapped such as a car or elevator
  • Detached from others
  • Anxious

Agoraphobia is generally associated with panic attacks, which bring along a series of symptoms that might occur in people with anxiety and other mental health problems. There are various types of physical symptoms, including:

  • Choking
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • A paced heart beat
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Tingling sensations
  • Hot flashes

 

Causes

 

Doctors aren’t sure about the exact causes of agoraphobia. According to them, it runs in families, you may get it if you have a lot of panic attacks.