Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have an intense fear of leaving their home, being in open or crowded places, or feeling "trapped." Sometimes this causes the person to avoid leaving their home altogether or to avoid certain situations for long periods of time. Approximately 1.3 percent of American adults will experience agoraphobia in their lifetime.


Agoraphobia tends to be characterized by experiencing symptoms of a panic attack when in situations such as being alone outside of the home, in crowded places or in other situations that would make "escape" difficult. Symptoms of a panic attack include rapid heartbeat, upset stomach, feeling like you're losing control, tightness in the chest, feeling "shaky," lightheadedness or dizziness, excessive