Paula Deen struggled with agoraphobia from the ages 20-40 beginning first after her father died then worse after her mother died. She would not leave her house because she began to have a fear of death.
Agoraphobia affected her everyday life because she could not leave her house. She had to take her kids out of any outside activity because she was unable to drive them anywhere. She trapped herself in her house and found cooking as an escape. At 40, after moving to Savannah, Georgia she started turning to prayer and realized that her fear needed to end.