Warning Signs Of Agoraphobia

Leaving The House

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In media, agoraphobia is most commonly depicted as an inability to leave the house. This has caused some individuals to incorrectly believe agoraphobia is a simple fear of being outside. The truth is more complicated. When a person with agoraphobia is afraid to leave home, it tends to be because of the uncontrolled elements outside the house. They are terrified they'll become trapped or isolated if they panic outside the home. The fear of being helpless is stronger than the desire to leave the house. They may feel like they can't leave the house without a companion because of the chances of something bad happening. The root of this type of agoraphobia can sometimes be trauma. If an individual experienced a traumatic experience they couldn't control outside of the home, they may develop a fear that going outside will cause the experience to repeat itself.

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Katherine MacAulay