Agoraphobia is characterized by anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult (or embarrassing) or in which help may not be available in the event of having an unexpected or situationally predisposed Panic Attack or panic-like symptoms. Such situations are avoided or else are endured with marked distress or with anxiety about having a Panic Attack or panic-like symptoms, or situations require the presence of a companion.
Examples of Situations in which Excessive Fear and/or Avoidance May be Present:
Driving (long distances, on highways or interstates)
Riding in car
Public transportation (e.g., bus, train)
Waiting in line
Being at home alone
Being out of town
Movie theaters; arenas
Place of religious worship (e.g., church, synagogue)
Enclosed places (e.g., elevators, small rooms, tunnels)
Open spaces (e.g., parks, parking lots)
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