Agoraphobia

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What is agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is a fairly well-defined cluster of phobias embracing fears of leaving home, entering shops, crowds and public places, or travelling alone in trains, buses or planes.

Common symptoms reported by people with agoraphobia

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with agoraphobia

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
anxious mood (12) agoraphobia (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
agoraphobia (11) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (11) agoraphobia (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
12
Tried for
agoraphobia (12) panic attacks (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
agoraphobia (9) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
panic attacks (7) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9) anticipatory anxiety (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)

Data from patients with agoraphobia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with agoraphobia

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
anxious mood (12) agoraphobia (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for agoraphobia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
agoraphobia (11) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness with hypotension upon standing drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (11) agoraphobia (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems breathing difficulty 11 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (9) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for agoraphobia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood agoraphobia 7 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
agoraphobia (12) panic attacks (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood apathy 12 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for agoraphobia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in morning mentally dull 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
agoraphobia (9) anxious mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic attacks (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime tiredness 5 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
panic attacks (7) anxious mood (6)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness panic attacks 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (9) anticipatory anxiety (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite drowsiness 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (7)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with agoraphobia, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has agoraphobia on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 76
30s 200
40s 244
50s 187
60s 80
70+ 12
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 156
20-29 years 141
30-39 years 100
40-49 years 69
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 108
Female 699

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 522
Not Diagnosed 85

These charts show data from agoraphobia patients who have completed their condition history
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