Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is characterized by significant fear or anxiety about being in various situations where escape might be difficult or help might not be available in the event of a panic attack or another embarrassing problem, like falling or losing control of one’s bladder. A person with agoraphobia might avoid riding in a car or bus, being on a bridge, being in an enclosed space (e.g., a theater or elevator), or being outside of home alone. Like other Anxiety Disorders, these problems cause significant distress or impairment in major areas of life, like work, school, or relationships.