What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Agoraphobia?

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Risk factors for agoraphobia include:
  • Experiencing stressful life events, such as abuse, the death of a parent or being attacked
  • Having a blood relative with agoraphobia
  • Having an anxious or nervous temperament
  • Having panic disorder or other phobias
  • Responding to panic attacks with excessive fear and avoidance
With agoraphobia, you won’t go to places that scare you. If you end up in one, you can become very anxious. Symptoms may include:
  • Breathing problems
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Fast, pounding heart
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Nausea or diarrhea
  • Sweating, trembling, shaking
  • Problems swallowing
  • Fear of dying
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