What is Agoraphobia?
The etymology of agoraphobia gives us some insight into what this disorder involves.
The last section of the word -phobia will undoubtedly be familiar to the reader and comes from a Greek word (phobos) meaning 'fear' or 'terror'.
But what about Agora, well this too finds its origins within the Greek language. It literally means 'marketplace' or 'place of assembly'.
Agoraphobia is the tendency of an individual to feel great unease or fear when facing certain situations. But what are these situations?
Just going out?
In public perception, the agoraphobic individual feels the phobic fear merely by going out. However, the DSM has a more extensive criteria and requires at least 2 of the following 5 to qualify an individual as agoraphobic.
1. Using public transportation
2. Being in open spaces
3. Being in enclosed spaces
4. Standing in line or being in a crowd
5. Being outside of the home alone
The DSM lists criteria A through I and features a wide array of qualifying criteria.
Part 2 of this post will deal with demographics and causes
Have you ever suffered from symptoms of agoraphobia?
Has it gotten worse with covid?
Have you ever known someone with these symptoms?
First, I would say that I have read both of your sharing. One of my roommates is suffering from agorophobia. I met him after covid when we got back to school. He rarely goes out and orders everything online. He accepts his situation. I am glad that he is aware of it. Unfortunately, he misses most of his classes so he couldn't pass fall term last year. He is thinking about enrolling in a department at an open education university. Also, I have a question here. Should he arrange his life through his disorder or should he try to go over it?