Agoraphobia usually starts before age 35, but older adults also can develop it. Women are diagnosed with agoraphobia more often than men are.

In addition to having panic disorder or other phobias, agoraphobia risk factors include:

  • Having a tendency to be nervous or anxious
  • Experiencing stressful life events, such as abuse, the death of a parent or being attacked
  • Having a blood relative with agoraphobia
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