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Anxiety in Public Places Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your anxiety in public places symptoms, including 4 causes and common questions.

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4 Possible Anxiety In Public Places Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced anxiety in public places. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.


Agoraphobia is a Greek word that means "fear of the marketplace," and actually refers to a type of anxiety or panic disorder. A person with agoraphobia is fearful of having a panic attack if they leave home without a trusted companion, and many actually do become housebound.

Symptoms include severe anxiety and dread at the thought of leaving the home or other place that is perceived as safe; hyperventilating; rapid heartbeat; and trembling. The person may be especially fearful of crowds or of small enclosed spaces such as elevators. Avoidance of such places actually makes the symptoms worse.

Panic disorders such as agoraphobia can be debilitating and greatly interfere with leading a normal life. But there is good help available to manage the symptoms and eventually move past the condition.

Diagnosis is made through a mental health professional, often after referral by another medical provider.

Treatment involves psychological counseling; improvements in lifestyle regarding diet, exercise, and stress management; and sometimes anxiolytic medication to ease symptoms in the short term.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, diarrhea, constipation

Symptoms that always occur with agoraphobia: agoraphobia, impaired social or occupational functioning

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Recurrent depression

Depression, once diagnosed, can often recur with new episodes. Sometimes these episodes can be similar to ones in the past, sometimes the symptoms can be different. It's good to be aware off the fact that people who had a depression before, remain vulnerable.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Specific phobia disorder

There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: anxiety, anxiety from a specific situation, fear of heights, fear of blood or injections, fear of enclosed spaces

Symptoms that always occur with specific phobia disorder: anxiety from a specific situation

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Panic disorder

Panic disorder is a chronic condition that involves repeated episodes of panic attacks, as well as worry about future attacks or consequences of attacks, or unhelpful changes in behavior to avoid the attacks. Panic attacks are episodes of sudden-onset fear, discomfort, and/or other symptoms tha...

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Anxiety In Public Places

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Are you feeling irritable (easily made upset)?
  • Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Are your symptoms causing difficulty at work, socializing, or spending time with friends & family?
  • Are you having difficulty concentrating or thinking through daily activities?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Anxiety In Public Places Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced anxiety in public places have also experienced:

  • 6% Depressed Mood
  • 5% Fatigue
  • 5% Anxiety When Doing Something In Front Of A Group

People who have experienced anxiety in public places were most often matched with:

  • 36% Recurrent Depression
  • 36% Specific Phobia Disorder
  • 27% Agoraphobia

People who have experienced anxiety in public places had symptoms persist for:

  • 54% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day
  • 11% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.