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Agoraphobia

Some of the common symptoms of agoraphobia

Have you been feeling?

  • low in mood
  • anxious
  • panicky
  • dizzy
  • shaky
  • faint

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘People will think I am stupid if I go out /in a situation’
  • ‘I will embarrass myself if I go out/in a situation’
  • ‘I will have a panic attack if I go out/in a situation’
  • ‘I will not be safe or find safety if I go out/in a situation’
  • ‘I will lose control if I go out/in a situation’
  • ‘People will stare at me if I go out/in a situation’
  • ‘I can only go out/be in a situation if someone is with me’

Have you noticed?

  • you are avoiding situations
  • you are avoiding people
  • you feel low in self-esteem/confidence
  • you have not been able to leave the house
  • you always need to have someone by your side if you do go out
  • you are constantly reassurance seeking

Possible causes of agoraphobia 

  • severe panic – this can lead do the development of agoraphobia
  • depression – has been linked to the development of agoraphobia
  • stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • biological factors – there are theories that there is a link between spatial awareness and fight or flight responses
  • anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles which are part of your personality that can lead to you feeling anxious

Sources: Insight Healthcare