Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Agoraphobia: The Fear of Crowds

Agoraphobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of crowds, bridges and being outside alone.  Those who suffer from this phobia fear places where they may be unable to escape or help may not be available and because of this they rarely leave their homes.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Agoraphobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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