Being alone, being in places that might be hard to escape or leave, or fear of losing control or having a panic attack in a public place are common symptoms of agoraphobia. You may experience panic disorder or similar symptoms with agoraphobia. You may avoid going outside of your home and may remain in your home for long periods of time. You may feel a sense of helplessness, severe anxiety, or a dependence on others. You may feel more comfortable leaving your home, only if someone else goes with you. You may experience an odd feeling of detachment or unreality.
Agoraphobia can cause physical symptoms as well. You may feel faint, dizzy, or lightheaded. You may have numbness or tingling. It may be difficult to breathe. You may feel like your heart is pounding or have chest pains. You may have a rapid pulse, and your blood pressure may rise. Your skin may flush and become excessively sweaty. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort may also occur with agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia may make your feel confused or like you are “not thinking straight.” You may feel intense fear. You may feel an extreme fear of “going crazy” or dying.
Over time, you may leave your home less and less. You may fear that if you do, you may have a panic attack and not be able to get help. You may fear being embarrassed or humiliated in crowds or public places. Remaining in your home may interfere with your social life, employment, and quality of life.