Agoraphobia can be very debilitating and normally people with agoraphobia typically suffer from a ‘cluster’ of phobias. Generally they will find it very difficult or impossible to carry out certain activities, these could be going into crowded or public places, lifts, public transport or simply anywhere away from home where ‘escape’ or immediate access to help is not possible. They may also fear standing in queues, going on bridges or sitting in any place where they feel ‘trapped’, such as at a hairdresser’s or dentists. A companion for outings is often sought and rapidly becomes essential.

Onset can be sudden or gradual, over weeks, months or even years; or it can come and go for a considerable length of time before becoming a permanent problem. Severity of symptoms can also vary enormously, with many people hiding their problem, or just about coping, for many years.

How common is Agoraphobia ?

  • Onset of agoraphobia is usually between the ages of 18 & 35 & affects between 1.5% & 3.5% of the population.
  • 95% of people who  suffer from agoraphobia also have panic
  • 7% of men and 3.8% of women have agoraphobia without panic

How can we help?

Agoraphobia is a very treatable problem, once you understand how it works. We offer a range of effective interventions, cognitive behavioural methods is one of the most effective treatment method available.

We run free group, individual or telephone support and believe that recognising that you have a problem and seeking help is a very positive first step.

To speak to someone in confidence for advice or to arrange an appointment please contact our team on Freephone 0800 230 0688

For further information

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/agoraphobia