A common misconception is that agoraphobia is the fear of leaving one's home. Although people with agoraphobia sometimes become house-bound due the intensity of their fears, this is not true for all people with Agoraphobia. When a person avoids places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or if help might be unavailable if they have a panic attack, they are agoraphobic. About one out of three people who have panic disorder develop agoraphobia.
Common avoided situations include:
· standing in line
· traveling in a bus, train, boat or car
To cope with their fears, specific routes or means of travel are identified as safe and doing things outside of the safety net causes significant anxiety.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a highly effective treatment that can reduce the occurrence of panic attacks, as well as help people feel less fearful when experiencing panic symptoms.