Your GP may want to do a physical examination, and in some cases they may decide to carry out blood tests to look for signs of any physical conditions that could be causing your symptoms.
By ruling out any underlying medical conditions, your GP will be able to make the correct diagnosis.
Confirming the diagnosis
A diagnosis of agoraphobia can usually be made if:
- you're anxious about being in a place or situation where escape or help may be difficult if you feel panicky or have a panic attack, such as in a crowd or on a bus
- you avoid situations described above, or endure them with extreme anxiety or the help of a companion
- there's no other underlying condition that may explain your symptoms
If there's any doubt about the diagnosis, you may be referred to a psychiatrist for a more detailed assessment.