Agoraphobia is the irrational fear of leaving the familiar setting of the house.
Due to the experience of anxiety attacks in multiple settings, such as stores, church, expressways, and/or open spaces, the individual develops a fear of leaving the house.
In its extreme form, the individual may be a virtual prisoner in his or her home environment.
Agoraphobia is diagnosed more often in women than in men. The age of onset is typically the late teens or 20's.

Treatment for Agoraphobia

Psychiatric intervention usually includes medications to block the anxiety attacks and behavioral therapies to assist the patient in returning to his or her previous life style. This is accomplished by reducing the anticipatory anxiety of leaving the house.
A thorough evaluation is necessary to rule out other disorders, for example, depression.