Agoraphobia can be defined as significant fear of situations such as using public transport (e.g buses, trains, planes), being in open spaces such as car parks and bridges, being in enclosed spaces such as movie cinemas and shops, standing in line or being in a crowd, and being outside of the home alone. The fear is related to a belief that it would not be possible to escape the situation or that help might not be available if panic-like symptoms occurred. While many people have some anxiety about being in some of these places, a person with Agoraphobia will try to avoid these situations, want someone with them if they have to endure them, or experience the situation with extreme anxiety.
Other common situations that people with Agoraphobia may find difficult include:
- Being a long way from home
- Going to concerts in stadiums or large venues
- Going anywhere new and unfamiliar