In the United States, approximately 1% to 2% of adults suffer from agoraphobia while up to 2% of adolescents are diagnosed with agoraphobia.
What is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which the individual fears and avoids places or situations that may cause one to panic, feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed. The individual fears an actual or anticipated situation, such as being in open or enclosed spaces, using public transportation, standing in line, or being in a crowd.
Agoraphobia can significantly hinder a person’s ability to interact with others at work and in social situations or make it difficult for a person to do seemingly simple daily life tasks such as running errands.