I suffer from Agoraphobia. I am not confined to my home, but I have deep anxiety and panic attacks when caught in certain situations. I took a train ride that almost set me off. I am not sure how I managed to avert a major panic attack. I will not set foot on a bus.
Crowds of people around me scare the living daylights out of me. I clutch my handbag and try to make myself smaller. I avoid crowds if at all possible. You would not catch me standing in line to buy tickets or Christmas presents on Black Friday.
Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
With agoraphobia, you fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line or being in a crowd. The anxiety is caused by fear that there’s no easy way to escape or seek help if intense anxiety develops. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to fear another attack and avoid the place where it occurred.