How does agoraphobia affect daily life?

Agoraphobia has the potential to be very debilitating to everyday life. Since agoraphobics may be afraid to even leave their own homes, completing normal activities such as going to work, grocery shopping, or going out with friends can become extremely difficult or even impossible. People with this disorder may end up completely relying on others. This could potentially put a strain on a person’s relationships.
 
Agoraphobia could lead to feelings of complete isolation and depression. This puts people at risk for alcohol/drug abuse as well as other mental health disorders.
 
Luckily psychotherapy and medication can be very helpful in treating agoraphobia. Although it may be difficult, seeking prompt treatment is very important.
 
 
living with agoraphobia
 
 

Sources
  • “Agoraphobia.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 22 Mar. 2017. Web. 1 Aug. 2017.
  • “Agoraphobia.” Cleveland Clinic, 8 May. 2015. Web. 1 Aug. 2017.

 

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