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What is the Fear of Public Places?

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There are quite a few people who prefer to avoid public places because they dislike them but others are actually fearful of them. Approximately 1.3% of the U.S. population will at some point in their lives experience fear of public places so intense it can be classified as a phobia. A phobia is an out of proportion fear of something that does not pose a threat or the threat is minimal. Agoraphobia is a specific phobia where the sufferer fears public places.

Symptoms of agoraphobia can include:

  • Being afraid of spending time alone
  • Being afraid of places where escape might be hard
  • Being afraid of losing control in a public place
  • Depending on others
  • Feeling detached or separated from others
  • Feeling helpless
  • Feeling that the body is not real
  • Feeling that the environment is not real
  • Having an unusual temper or agitation
  • Staying in the house for long periods

Physical symptoms can include:

Agoraphobia treatments typically include medicine and psychotherapy. The medicine prescribed is usually an antidepressant or anxiety medicine. The American Psychological Association has a resource that allows you to find a practicing psychologist in your area.

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