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What are causes of agoraphobia?

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Doctors aren't sure what causes agoraphobia. They think it runs in families. You may get it if you have a lot of panic attacks. That's when you have bursts of fear that come out of the blue and last for a few minutes. These happen when there's no real danger.

Agoraphobia is rare. Less than 1% of people in the U.S. have it. Women are 2-3 times more likely to have it than men. It's also more common in teenagers and young adults.

From: What Is Agoraphobia? WebMD Medical Reference

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia."

Medscape: "Phobic Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder."

NHS: "Agoraphobia."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: "Panic Disorder & Agoraphobia."

Medscape: "Phobic Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Panic Disorder."

NHS: "Agoraphobia."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 11, 2017

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