Some of the common symptoms of agoraphobia
Have you been feeling?
- low in mood
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
How common is agoraphobia?
- 5% of the population are affected by agoraphobia
- 95% of people who suffer from agoraphobia also have panic
- 1.7% of men and 3.8% of women have agoraphobia without panic