Agoraphobia And The Pandemic

The act of avoiding something scary can itself turn fearful. Panic attacks amplify agoraphobia, and the pandemic has increased the anxiety levels of the general population according to many new studies.

The pandemic has in fact normalized agoraphobia and getting back to normal requires some time.

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Agoraphobia has many symptoms:

  1. Fear of being alone.
  2. Being afraid to go to a place where escaping may be hard.
  3. Depending on others, and feeling helpless.
  4. Feeling detached or separated from others.
  5. Feeling that our body or our environment is not real.
  6. Being agitated or angry for no reason.
  7. Staying inside your home or room for long periods.

One can break the fearful cycle by forcing oneself to go outside, and not avoiding certain situations out of fear.

If the problem is out of hand, consult a mental health expert. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is generally prescribed to patients, along with medication.

It also helps to take a walk in nature outside, preferably with a friend, trying to lessen the anxiety.

Agoraphobia: Being Confined To A Room

Agoraphobia is a mental health condition that makes one experience an intense fear of leaving their premises. The person is terrified of going outside their homes, and can also feel that it is hard to escape a certain place. Agoraphobia can take many shapes and is accompanied by chronic anxiety and panic attacks.

Example: If a person has a panic attack at a subway, they may start to avoid going to a subway, associating it with fear.

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Common symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • feeling faint or dizzy
  • shortness of breath
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • chills or hot flashes
  • apprehension and worry
  • restlessness
  • distress
  • fear
  • numbness or tingling


We should always be aware of the common symptoms of an anxiety. Let's help each other and have a happy life.

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Social Phobia

Social phobia is an extreme fear of social situations such as speaking in public and interacting with others. The fear can be so extreme it can affect one's relationships with friends, family, and work colleagues. People with social phobia are terrified of being embarrassed in social situations. Social phobia is also sometimes called social anxiety disorder.

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Anticipatory anxiety

Anticipatory anxiety is worrying about the bad things that could happen. The anxiety typically focuses on things you can't control or predict.

While fears are normal, they can become signs of anticipatory anxiety if they start to interfere with your daily life.

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