Of the many famous people with agoraphobia, one name stands out as she has been very public about her condition - actress Kim Basinger. She, however, is only one of several celebrities who have agoraphobia or suffer from panic attacks. Thankfully, more and more people are talking about these conditions. The fact that even famous people can get them is often for the rest of us.
"If even famous people can get agoraphobia, then I don't need to feel so weird about it!"
Panic and anxiety disorder can develop into agoraphobia. If you think you might have this condition - you are not alone! Many famous people have had experience with anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Check out the video below.
One-time teenage heart-throb Donny Osmond has also experienced agoraphobia. His problem was related to social anxiety, he has also gone through depression.
Billy Bob Thornton is reported to also possibly have mild agoraphobia and has said that he is sometimes afraid to go out.
The eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes may also have had some form of agoraphobia.
Philip K. Dick, author of mostly science fiction was also agoraphobic. Some of his work have been turned into films like Blade Runner and Total Recall.
Woody Allen suffers from both agoraphobia and claustrophobia and spent may years going through psychoanalysis. Speaking of psychoanalysis, it's ironic that "the father of psychoanalysis", Sigmund Freud, also suffered from agoraphobia.
Another famous person with agoraphobia is TV chef Paula Deen. Paula suffered from agoraphobia for more than 20 years, rarely leaving her house. As a teenager, she lost her mom and shortly after her father died when she was in her early twenties.
She felt alone and became very fearful of dying herself. After experiencing several panic attacks she found herself just staying at home as a way to try to avoid having another. Cooking seemed to have a soothing effect on her, and through the years she increased her skills through practice and experimentation.
Friends and family thought she was just a "homebody" and didn't realize that she was staying home because she was afraid to leave. In an interview with Oprah, Paula credits her recovery from agoraphobia with coming to terms with her fear of death. She said that once she accepted death as a natural part of life that wasn't to be feared, she was able to cope and truly start living.
Although Paula Deen has had her share of health issues, as one of the most contemporary famous people with agoraphobia, her story is a success. She reports having recovered fully from this condition and attributes her healing to coming to terms with the meaning of life and allowing herself to fully participate.
There will be other famous people with agoraphobia. Perhaps many of them would rather keep it to themselves, family and close friends. This is understandable, especially when being in the public eye.
Famous people often tend to value your privacy that much more. There's also the fear of being ridiculed. Celebs run the risk of being put down by paparazzi, just for the sake of selling magazines or newspapers. Many people do not understand the real pain of anxiety disorders unless they, or someone close to them has been touched by it.
However, the growing trend for celebrities and other famous people to dare to be open about their issues is good for all of us! Anyone can experience problems and the more open and accepting we all are of each other the better our society will be.