Agoraphobia (from the Greek phobia, “fear,” and agora, which means “the place of assembly” or “the marketplace”) is described as an anxiety disorder in which the individual feels anxious or frightened in situations where they feel the environment to be unsafe and from which they cannot escape.
These feelings can be extreme and debilitating or relatively mild. These situations can include places like shopping centers, open spaces, or any location outside of their own home.
People with severe agoraphobia will do anything they can to avoid leaving their home or, in extreme cases, their own room.
In more mild cases, the person might avoid specific places but be fine in many others. Or, they will go places with a trusted person but not alone.
Do you have agoraphobia?