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Agoraphobia is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult, or help wouldn't be available if things go wrong.
Symptoms of agoraphobia
The severity of agoraphobia can vary significantly between individuals. Someone with severe agoraphobia may be unable to leave the house.
Causes of agoraphobia
Most cases of agoraphobia develop as a complication of panic disorders.
Diagnosing agoraphobia
Speak to your GP if you think you have agoraphobia. If you're unable to visit your GP in person it should be possible to arrange a telephone consultation.
Treating agoraphobia
A stepwise approach is usually recommended for treating agoraphobia and any underlying panic disorder.
'Even the thought of going into my garden made me panic'
Claire Ledger was diagnosed with agoraphobia after suffering a panic attack in the street while shopping. Claire, 26, was unable to explain the experience.
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