What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of public places or open areas, especially those from which escape could be difficult or in which help might not be immediately accessible. Persons with agoraphobia frequently also have panic disorder. People with mild agoraphobia often live normal lives by avoiding anxiety-provoking situations. In the most severe agoraphobia, the victims may be incapacitated and homebound.

How Can a Service Dog Assist with Agoraphobia Symptom?

Symptoms Service Dog Task Type of Task
Anxiety Tactile stimulation Physical
Fear of leaving home Initiate activity outside the home Physical
Social withdrawal Initiate interpersonal interaction Work