Dr. Oz says that 3.5 million Americans suffer from Agoraphobia, the most extreme form makes people so paralyzed by the fear of panic that they cannot leave their house. People who are extremely Agoraphobic feel crippling pain and only feel safe at home. Agoraphobes might avoid driving a car or shopping at the mall, and women are four times as likely to have it than men. You can get Agoraphobia at any time, though most people get it around their mid-20’s and it gradually gets worse and piques around mid-age. 1 in 20 people watching Dr. Oz (and reading this article) have Agoraphobia… so would you be able to recognize if you were Agoraphobic?
David Tolin, the Director of Anxiety Disorder Centers and author of Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding, joined Dr. Oz to help explain Agoraphobia, which is the fear of pain. The pituitary gland, which is in the back of the brain, in conjunction with the hypothalamus, allow panic to turn on adrenal glands which release hormones. In turn, your lungs start to hyperventilate and you begin to sweat.