Agoraphobia and Lifestyle Impacts
Adults with agoraphobia avoid situations where they think they will not be able to escape or find help. They avoid these situations due to fear of having a panic attack or other anxiety-related feelings.
The types of situations that people avoid include:
- using public transportation (e.g. bus, train, car)
- being in open spaces (e.g. fields, parks)
- being in enclosed spaces (e.g. elevators, tunnels)
- standing in line or being in a crowd
- being outside of the home alone
Agoraphobia disorder is very treatable.
Though it might feel insurmountable, it’s important to remember that agoraphobia is highly treatable. Our staff at CrownView Medical Group uses evidence-based practices and can help you improve your symptoms very soon.
Agoraphobia Signs and Symptoms
Living with agoraphobia is quite difficult. This mental disorder can take control of the person’s life and will not allow them to leave their place of solace. A normal life is almost out of the question if it goes untreated. Recognizing the physical, emotional and social effects can help the man or woman dealing with agoraphobia find help sooner and circumvent the anticipated results.
Agoraphobia often include symptoms such as the following:
- fear of a panic attack, fear of people noticing a panic attack, fear of humiliation
- fear they may die, fear that they are going crazy
- depression, low self-confidence, low self-esteem
- feeling of loss of control
- anxiety, feeling of dread, fear they cannot function or survive without others
- fear of being left alone
- isolation, hopelessness
- fear of embarrassment
- fear their heart might stop during a panic attack
- fear they cannot breathe