Signs and symptoms of Agoraphobia
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by irrational fears of public or open spaces. The fear comes from the dread of having a panic attack in a situation where you feel it is embarrassing, humiliating and difficult or impossible to escape. In many cases, agoraphobia causes the person to fear leaving home. Some people may drive two blocks away from their homes and begin to panic intensely from the fear of being outside their comfort zone.
It is common that people who suffer from agoraphobia fear places and situations like:
Agoraphobia usually occurs when a person has experienced some sort of panic attack in one of the above situations. Even just the thought of having another panic attack in public is too distressing to handle. This is why a person suffering from agoraphobia avoids difficult situations that can provoke a new panic attack.
Agoraphobia often starts in your teens or early adolescence and is probably caused by an inherited emotional sensitivity, combined with inner and outer stress that provokes the anxiety feelings.
Here are some of the most common emotional, behavioral and physical signs and symptoms of agoraphobia:
Emotional and behavioral symptoms of agoraphobia
Physical symptoms of a panic attack
Agoraphobia can understandably have a severely negative impact on your daily life, if you cannot handle public spaces and public transportation and instead start to isolate yourself at home. With the right treatment, you can get better so that you can live life free of your fears.
Further reading: Overcome your agoraphobia with online therapy.
This agoraphobia test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
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