An estimated 1.3 percent of adults have agoraphobia at some point in their lives. If you have an intense fear of people and places where escape may be difficult, you might have agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is an intense and persistent fear of public places. In many cases, individuals with this condition may feel extreme anxiety or experience panic attacks in situations where they feel trapped, fearful or vulnerable. Often, those situations involve large crowds, open areas or confined spaces. People living with agoraphobia may avoid putting themselves in situations that trigger their anxiety. They may only leave their homes on rare occasions or when in the company of a friend or family member.
Agoraphobia can make everyday tasks — such as commuting to work, shopping at the grocery store, or eating out — feel overwhelming. While agoraphobia may be challenging to live with, many people learn to cope with their symptoms through professional treatment or online services like teletherapy.
The first step to getting help is recognizing the presence of the disorder. If you’ve asked yourself the question, “Do I have agoraphobia?” The Recovery Village’s agoraphobia quiz can help you find an answer.
The following self-assessment quiz is based on diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition. However, it is not a substitute for a clinical diagnosis from a licensed professional. If your results indicate a likelihood of having agoraphobia, it’s vital that you contact a clinician to receive an official diagnosis and begin treatment.
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