An anxiety disorder characterized by a fear of being in situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing, or in which help may not be available in the event of having a panic attack or panic-like symptoms.
From the greek word "agora" meaning "market place" and "phobia" meaning "fear", it is a term coined by german psychiatrist carl westphal in 1871 to describe a fear of open or public spaces.
- He was diagnosed with agoraphobia and had a hard time leaving his home.
- The agoraphobia prevented her from going to work or socializing.
- His agoraphobia was so severe that he was unable to leave his house for years.
- The agoraphobia was triggered by a traumatic event that happened in a public place.
- The therapy for agoraphobia included exposing the patient to the feared situations in a controlled environment.