Although commonly known as a fear of open spaces, agoraphobia is where a person is afraid of being in situations from which escape might be difficult or help may be unavailable if you were to suffer from a panic attack. Situations can vary from individual to individual and examples can includes a fear of crowds, public places, enclosed or confined places, public transport or being at home alone.

The anxiety involved with agoraphobia arises from the anticipation that you might be stuck in a situation in which you would panic.

The most common feature of agoraphobia is about being far away from home, or far from a safe person, usually a spouse, partner, parent or anyone with whom you have a primary attachment.

This disorder can cause significant restrictions on the way in which individuals lead their lives and, because of this, people may also be depressed. Depression arises from feeling as though you are powerless and have no control over this condition.