How do I know if I have agoraphobia?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

We all go through times when we don't want to leave the house, face the office or stand in a long line at the grocery store. But, for people with agoraphobia, the critical difference is the reason they want to stay away. 

To know if you have agoraphobia, ask yourself if you avoid:

• Crowded places that are hard to get out of, such as the supermarket,
  a movie theater, or a shopping mall

• Public transportation such as buses and subways

• Driving or riding in a car or traveling via airplane

• Getting in long lines

• Being far away from your home, or outside an established safety zone
  around your house

If you answered yes to any one of those and the reason is that you are afraid of experiencing a panic attack, you may suffer from agoraphobia. If that fear and avoidance is impacting your ability to live a normal and comfortable life, you may need help managing it. Reach out for help as soon as possible; agoraphobia can feed on itself and worsen over time.

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