An anxiety disorder characterized by fear of public and/or unfamiliar places. Those suffering from agoraphobia often avoid entering such environments for fear of experiencing a panic attack and finding themselves unable to escape.
Example: Our neighbor is reluctant to leave her house; we tried to get her to come out for dinner with us once, but halfway to the restaurant she panicked and made us turn the car around.
Grinnell, R. (2008). Agoraphobia. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/agoraphobia/