agoraphobia

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agoraphobia

a pathological fear of being in public places, often resulting in the sufferer becoming housebound
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agoraphobia

[ə‚gȯr·ə′fōb·ē·ə]
(psychology)
Abnormal fear of open places.
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Anxiety attacks associated with agorophobia and social phobia have been recognised for thousands of years, says Paul Salkovskis, Professor of clinical psychology and applied behavioural psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry at London's Maudsley Hospital.
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