Understanding Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes someone to excessively worry about leaving an environment that they consider to be safe (in many cases, their home). Oftentimes, individuals with this type of anxiety are concerned that they won’t have help available to them when necessary, or that they won’t be able to escape a dangerous or embarrassing situation. Someone who has agoraphobia may fear:

  • Being in an enclosed space (e.g., an elevator or a movie theater)
  • Being in an open space (e.g., a bridge or a parking lot)
  • Standing in line
  • Using public transportation
  • Being in a crowd
  • Getting lost
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Fainting
  • Falling down
  • Not being able to access a bathroom when needed

Individuals with agoraphobia often need friends and family members to accompany them to public places, which can make it difficult for them to work, run errands, and socialize. And in severe cases, agoraphobia can prevent someone from leaving their home entirely.

How Is Agoraphobia Treated?

Agoraphobia treatment varies from one person to another, and if a medical provider diagnoses you with this type of anxiety, they’ll recommend the approach that’s best suited to your needs. Many people with agoraphobia benefit from taking medication and attending counseling, where they can identify triggers and learn coping skills.

Treating Agoraphobia & Other Anxiety Disorders

Do you need help managing your anxiety? Contact us today. We have experience treating numerous types of anxiety—including agoraphobia—and we’ll be happy to tell you about our practice, answer your questions, and schedule your first therapy session.

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