Agoraphobia & Panic Disorder

Women are twice as likely as men to develop agoraphobia panic attack disorder. Panic disorder typically strikes in young adulthood. Approximately half of all people who have panic disorder develop the condition before the age 24.

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There can be many symptoms that those who suffer from agoraphobia may encounter. The majority of the time the first initial symptom that they experience is the feeling that they  cannot escape quickly enough from a certain situation and they begin to experience a panic attack. Agoraphobia is a common syndrome under panic disorder. The term ‘agoraphobia’ is derived from Greek, ‘agora’ which means “the market place” and ‘phobia’ which means fear of a specific event.

Most people have the perception that an agoraphobia sufferer feels vulnerable and frightened in open or social public places. Such as in a shopping complex, restaurant etc. In these situations the agoraphobia sufferer is unable to find an obvious exit and begins to develop dizziness and rapid heart beats during the event.

In most cases, the majority of people who are suffering from agoraphobia are not so much fearful of open and public places as they are afraid of having a panic attack in these social situations, especially settings in which an exit is not easily accessible or that there may be no one around to help in the case of an actual panic attack.

It is accurate for any place or situation where people feel unsafe, trapped and having the urge to escape. Therefore, people with agoraphobia suffer under this event are more comfortable to stay at home and avoid themselves from the specific fearful place.