By the estimation of the National Institute of Mental Health, 0.8 percent of American adults have agoraphobia. About 40% of cases are classified as severe. If agoraphobia is more severe, it can lead to significant disability. People with agoraphobia often recognize that their fears are irrational, but they cannot do anything about them. This can affect their personal relationships and their performance at work or school.
Agoraphobia is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The condition is often genetic, and stress or a traumatic event, such as the death of a parent or a stroke, can be a predisposing factor. But the exact reason behind agoraphobia isn’t totally understood. But, there are many elements that have been identified to increase the risk of developing agoraphobia.