Wednesday, March 4, 2008
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Roosevelt spoke these famous words to inspire Americans during the Depression. But he also captured the current struggle of the 5 million Americans with agoraphobia—the fear of panicking in public places. While sitting in theatres, crossing bridges or driving to work, the agoraphobe is suddenly dizzy and sweaty. Her mouth goes dry, and she can’t breathe. Some agoraphobes are housebound for years, quarantined in their comfort zone, unable to stray past the mailbox.
Others commute to work and back, but they avoid elevators, detour tunnels, and decline party invitations. Join us Tuesday as we discuss this tyrant of mental health, what we know about it and how to treat it.
Lynn Renau, Author, Living with Agoraphobia
Cynthia Reynolds, Artist, Living with Agoraphobia
Amy Buckley, Psychologist, Spalding University