Frolicking in a huge field of flowers might sound like a great time. But if you suffered from agoraphobia, it would be terrifying — because you would be afraid of open spaces.

In a world with so many fears, there’s a phobia for every occasion. Agoraphobia is the fear of wide open spaces. The Greek root agora means “public open space” and “marketplace,” so agoraphobia is also the fear of crowds, like the kind you’d find in a busy supermarket. Like all phobias, agoraphobia can make someone panic and freak out, so if you see a person experiencing agoraphobia, maybe put them inside a closet and see if that helps.

Definitions of agoraphobia

n a morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place)

Type of:
phobia, phobic disorder, phobic neurosis
an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

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