Agoraphobia: fear of crowds, and going out in public. The ancient term
“agoraphobia” is translated from Greek as fear of an open marketplace.
Agoraphobia today describes severe, ongoing anxiety about being in situations  
that escaping from might be difficult; or avoidance of situations such as being
alone outside of the home, traveling in a car, bus, or airplane, or being in a
crowded area.
  • These common conditions are characterized by marked fear of specific   
    objects or situations. Exposure to the object of the phobia, either in real life  
    or via imagination or video, always results in intense anxiety, which may
    include a (situationally-bound) panic attack. Adults generally recognize that
    this intense fear is irrational. Nevertheless, they will avoid the phobic stimulus
    or endure exposure with great difficulty. The most common specific phobias
    include the following feared stimuli or situations: animals (especially snakes,
    rodents, birds, and dogs); insects (especially spiders and bees or hornets);
    heights; elevators; flying; automobile driving; water; storms; and blood or
    injections. Most phobias persist for years or even decades, and relatively few
    remit spontaneously or without treatment.

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Klaas Tuinman
Dawn Cove Abbey
Deerfield, (Yarmouth County) Nova Scotia, Canada - 2008 rev: 2017