Agoraphobia

Being trapped indoors was a strange relief for me. But as the country opens up again, I’m feeling that sense of pressure building up once more.
Anna Gekoski spent years of her life indoors due to mental illness. She reached a point of recovery – and then lockdown happened.
Agoraphobia isn't just anxiety. I suffer many consequences as a direct result of this condition, writes Megan Lane.
Imagine waking up in the morning and being unable to take a step outside, imagine not being able to pop down to your local store or leave the house to visit family and friends. This is reality for those experiencing agoraphobia. The mere thought of leaving an individual's 'safe space' can result in a full blown panic attack.
Agoraphobia is the fear of being away from your "safe place", the place where you feel you can handle anything that comes your way. (Or at least, you can handle it in your own way without being judged, or you can handle it "better".)
The agoraphobic could be the girl who's sitting in the car, not getting out for five minutes, ten minutes, or not at all. It could be the girl who looks so perfectly happy and contented at home on the sofa that you wouldn't have any idea how fast that can change if you ask her to go into a situation that distresses her.
Thank you for celebrating the good times with me, and for supporting me through the difficult times. I hope one day to be able to return the kindness, stability and love you have given me when you also need it most.
A woman who travelled the world while claiming benefits for her "agoraphobia" has been jailed for a year. Tracy Johnson, 52
In the past, we've met people who are scared of cats, buttons and vomiting, but none of these have made the cut for the top
As someone who fears leaving my house, I know all too well the difficulties of being told that you're fit for work by ATOS or the DWP, when you're not. After all, who is going to employ someone who can't actually go to the workplace?