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 (12) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
15
Tried for
agoraphobia (15) panic attacks (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (10) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
agoraphobia (12) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
depressed mood (9) agoraphobia (7)
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)

(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) agoraphobia (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (2)
2 more

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
13
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 (12) depressed mood (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for agoraphobia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood agoraphobia 7 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
agoraphobia (15) panic attacks (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
aphasia balance problems 13 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (10) anxious mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for agoraphobia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsy in a.m. mentally dull 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
agoraphobia (12) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
hypomania
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
depressed mood (9) agoraphobia (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 13 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (7)
2 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) agoraphobia (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness lightheadedness 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (2)
2 more
  • 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 2
20s 81
30s 191
40s 237
50s 166
60s 76
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 150
20-29 years 134
30-39 years 94
40-49 years 67
50-59 years 14
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 103
Female 658

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 496
Not Diagnosed 83

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