Agoraphobia usually starts in your late teens or early 20s, but younger children and older adults also can develop agoraphobia. Women are diagnosed with agoraphobia more often than are men.

Possible agoraphobia risk factors include:

  • Having panic disorder
  • Experiencing stressful life events, including sexual or physical abuse during childhood
  • Having a tendency to be nervous or anxious
  • Having an alcohol or substance abuse disorder
  • Being female
Apr. 21, 2011