Agoraphobia is an intense and irrational fear of being in public
places. People who have agoraphobia are afraid of being in any place or
situation from which it might be hard for them to escape.
Agoraphobia often occurs in people who have anxiety disorders, such
as panic disorder. Examples of agoraphobia include fear of being in crowds,
standing in line, going into shopping malls, and riding in cars or on public
transportation. People who have severe agoraphobia may never leave their homes.
Because of their fear, they either avoid the place or situation, endure it with
great distress, or need someone to be with them.
Agoraphobia can be successfully treated with counseling and
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry