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Your Agoraphobia May Also be Known as:
Afraid to leave home
Afraid to leave house
Can't leave home
Can't leave house
Only feel safe at home

Top 10 Agoraphobia Causes

  1. 1.Overactive Thyroid

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, just above your collarbone. It is one of your endocrine glands, which make hormones. Thyroid glands control how fast one burns calories and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid is too active, it makes more thyroid hormones than the body needs. This is called hyperthyroidism.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who might take a blood test to measure your levels of thyroid hormone. The test will tell the doctor whether a referral to an endocrinologist is useful. Treatment plans would likely be set by the specialist and include drugs to reduce your thyroid activation.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, irritability, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd)

    COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic condition of the lungs and the airways in the lungs. Damage has occured due to long-term exposure to substances that irritate and damage the lungs, such as cigarette smoke or air pollution. This damage can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance and cough. A common cold or other types of infection can cause symptoms to worden acutely, this is called an exacerbation.

    Though there is no medication for COPD that has demonstrated the ability to reverse the decreasing long-term lung function associated with the disease, your doctor will be able to provide you with next steps for managing the disease. Some possible next steps include cessation of smoking, pulmonary rehabilitation and inhalation medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, anxiety
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    hidden: any cardinal symptom copd
    Symptoms that never occur with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd):
    rectal bleeding
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Condition Involving Coughing Up Blood

    Bright red blood, and lots of it, when coughing suggests that an active bleed is going on. This is very dangerous and can be life-threatening. You should see a doctor immediately.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    coughing up blood
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Mental or Medical Condition Causing Thoughts of Suicide

    When experiencing thoughts of suicide, you should go immediately to the ER. Consider calling a suicide-prevention hotline, the number is 1 (800) 273-8255 and is available 24/7.

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thoughts of suicide, hearing voices or seeing things that aren't there, severe pelvis pain, chest pain, loss of vision
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  5. 5.Graves' Disease

    The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck that is responsible for making thyroid hormones. These hormones control important body functions, such as heart rate and the rate at which the body turns food into energy. In Grave's disease, the immune system malfunctions and drives the thyroid to produce excessive amounts of hormones, leading to symptoms such as trouble sleeping, irritability and nervousness, heat sensitivity, hand tremors, and weight loss.

    You should visit your primary care physician to get your blood tested. Grave's disease is a complex condition that is managed with prescription antithyroid medications, as well as surgery in rare cases.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

    Fibromyalgia is treated symptomatically. Medication, therapy, and stress reduction may reduce symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, anxiety, trouble sleeping, depressed mood, headache
    Symptoms that always occur with fibromyalgia:
    hidden: arthralgias or myalgias
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Panic Disorder

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror without true danger. One may feel as if they are losing control or have physical symptoms like sweating or a racing heart.

    You should go see your primary care doctor, who can diagnose you by interview. Most people get better with treatment. Therapy can show you how to recognize and change your thinking patterns before they lead to panic. Medication may be beneficial.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, anxiety, abdominal pain (stomach ache), stomach bloating, depressed mood
    Symptoms that always occur with panic disorder:
    anxiety, impaired social or occupational functioning
    Symptoms that never occur with panic disorder:
    agoraphobia
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Supraventricular Tachycardia

    Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a form of arrhythmia that causes the heart to beat too quickly and begins in the heart's upper chambers. The most common symptoms include a racing heart, lightheadedness and palpitations.

    You should visit a physician today to get an EKG to confirm this diagnosis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, racing heart beat, lightheadedness, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone
    Symptoms that always occur with supraventricular tachycardia:
    abnormally high heartrate
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  9. 9.Holiday Blues

    The holiday blues is a mild form of seasonal affective disorder.

    You do not need treatment at this time. If your symptoms worsen or last longer than a month, it is recommended you see your physician for further evaluation.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbance
    Symptoms that never occur with holiday blues:
    severe sadness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  10. 10.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Agoraphobia

  • Q.How severe is your sadness?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Has your sadness gotten better or worse?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our agoraphobia symptom checker.

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Agoraphobia Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced agoraphobia have also experienced:

    • 6% Depressed Mood
    • 6% Anxiety
    • 4% Fear of Driving
  • People who have experienced agoraphobia had symptoms persist for:

    • 53% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
    • 11% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced agoraphobia were most often matched with:

    • 23% Overactive Thyroid
    • 23% Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd)
    • 15% Condition Involving Coughing Up Blood

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