Agoraphobia increases the likelihood that the person will also suffer from another anxiety disorder and that both conditions will be more severe and difficult to treat. Also, agoraphobia tends to occur more often in individuals who have a number of different physical conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and asthma. If left untreated, agoraphobia may worsen to the point at which the person's life is seriously affected by the disease itself and/or by attempts to avoid or conceal it.
In fact, some people have had problems with friends and family, failed in school, and/or lost jobs while struggling to cope with severe agoraphobia or another severe phobia. There may be periods of spontaneous improvement, but the condition does not usually go away unless the person receives treatments designed specifically to help phobia sufferers. Further, alcoholics can be up to 10 times more likely to suffer from a phobia than those who are not alcoholics, and phobic individuals can be twice as likely to be addicted to alcohol as are people who have never been phobic.
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