Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder which is characterised by a fear of and often avoidance of places or situations that might cause you to panic, make you feel trapped or embarrassed.
It often starts after having one or more panic attacks which leads to fearing another attack and avoidance of the place where it happened. This can then generalise to avoiding public transport, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line or being in a crowd.
Safety behaviours then develop such as needing someone to accompany you when you go out. The fear can be so overwhelming that you may feel unable to leave your home.
With CBT you can escape the trap of agoraphobia and live a more enjoyable life.
CBT for Agoraphobia
CBT addresses the unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours that are associated with agoraphobia. It offers the client new ways of dealing with difficult situations and the anxieties they cause.
Rachael Beeton, New Zealand Earthquake