Agoraphobia is a debilitating fear of being in public places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing.
People who suffer from agoraphobia experience feelings of dread and elevated anxiety, and are especially fearful of having a panic attack in public, or where there is no help available.

Sufferers typically fear going into public alone and have high anxiety about crowded places such as public transit.

For many patients, this fear can make daily life complicated if not impossible. Sufferers become prisoners of their own fears and often lead extremely restricted, hermit-like lives.

Treatment is both possible and essential. Xanax has proven effective in moderating the feelings of anxiety experienced by agoraphobia patients and those who suffer from chronic panic disorders.

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