I haven't left mine in 9 months and its driving me crazy, I feel so helpless and some days I can't stand it but when I think about getting in the car and going somewhere I feel panic and think its too far to go. Panic starts setting in and I feel like I could die if I try it.
16 May 2011
Kay, I've recently stopped taking Lexapro after 6 years, cold turkey, my withdraws are horrible and so is my anxiety along with my panic attacks. Today was the 1st day in almost a month I actually left my house, it was nerve racking and scary but I felt like I had to do it and honestly it was a baby step into feeling "nomal" again. Maybe you should try? Maybe start small? Walks down the street? What's making you feel like you can't?
Sorry if this is a direct response just thought id let u know you are not alone :)
Hoping for the best,
16 May 2011
Dang,is that axiety too.i have feelings like that when i travel.like it takes me a month to prepare & i just have to do it.i cant say when im going or what day.i have 2 sike myself into going to the store even.i didnt used to be like this.i had confidence.were u n a car accident?do u take something for this?i dont go n anywhere unless i just have 2.it gets on my nerves too.when i saww this i kinda chuckled & said, now this i have to answer.i was thinking maybe i was just not in the mood 2 see anybody or deal with scociety but ur right its anxiety.ive had it all my life.well what do u think will help u?cause this has just got to stop! we have got to move foward..can someone help u?i was n a car accident & that plays a big part plus alot of dramma n my past life.until i cant handle a lot of stress & noice & pressure.just do it.we have to face our fears.let me know how u r doing ok?
16 May 2011
Hi, sorry to hear you're feeling so bad. Have you sought advice from your doctor about your anxiety? You haven't said if you are taking any meds to try to combat this. If you are not it could be a good idea. If you are reluctant to take prescription medication, there are other things you can try. Counselling would be a good starting point, there isn't enough recognition of the benefits counselling can provide. It could help you get to the bottom of your anxiety, maybe there is an underlying issue you need to deal with and this could in turn help with the agrophobia. Hypnotherapy can also be really helpful as well as EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). 9 months is a long time to have your life put on hold, i hope you can soon find a solution. Goodluck
16 May 2011
I have been in your shoes to a certain extent and can honestly say that it is possible to change this behavior. I can say that medication and talk therapy have helped me tremendously. Please get an appointment with a reputable doctor and get into therapy. Ask a friend to go with you the first couple times. There are many medications that will help also but it requires being evaluated by a psychiatrist.
You can overcome this disorder with some professional help. You deserve to have a life beyond those four walls. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did.
16 May 2011
I had problems and in my early teen I still remember it I if I got out something terrible would happen, I had panic accompanied with aggoraphobia, I stayed in I don't know if it was 9 months but it was for a whole summer until the middle part of October, my parent's were devistated, I felt safe with only certain people, I recall I saw a therapist and was given some kind of medicine I know I felt like for sure I would die, everytime I would say that they would reinforce it with positives, finally with meds and a excellent therapist I was able to get over it, they said a lot had to do with the many health problems I had encountered but I am sure if it hadn't been for stable parenting and good therapy that I wonder what would have happened. I think a good therapist can help you dig into the deepest part that you are not able to deal with, the meds helped but I don't think the meds alone would have helped me alone, I can tell you I still recall how horrid that was, I understand very well, you my friend are in my prayers and I do hope that you are able to get the help that makes life normal for you again. Please keep me posted, my site name is Caringsonbj my first name is Billy. Please take good care
16 May 2011
Yes, I was like this for some two years or more in my mid-twenties. My doc put me on Xanax and let me escalate the dose as much as I needed. Then after awhile he told me he was sorry - he had learned it was just for short-term use and he had to take me off it. It took six months going to his office once a week, making a very small dose change eac week, to get off it. I went on Buspar for the anxiety, and the going out once a week to his office helped. By the end of the six months I was doing much better. This doc acted like a therapist, and gave me so much encouragement. I pray you will find what you need to get your life back again.
17 May 2011
Hi I am jan
I have agoraphobia and have had it for years and years i went to therapy for 6 yers and still have bad days i dont want to scare u off what everyoe said here already will help u. it all started when i went out on my own and got divorced luckily i had close close friends that would gorcery for me get my son to preschool and such i didnt leave my house for alost 2 years please please dont lelt this happen to u i believe because i waited so long to get help because i didnt have ot cause others were doing for me that thats why i still have trouble with it. i usually dont go out "anywhere" without someone. now if it is to the grocery across the street that is ok but if it is somewhere a little far even forget it i need my husband mike with me and driving i get panickybehind the whell too. even if my son is with me i am fine it is weird and he is 15 what the heck could he do if something God for bid were to happen ya know. anyways i am saying please get the help u need quickly dont let this go it canget very serious and such like me u do noto want that trust me hon
u will be in my prayers and thoughts
i do do affirmations on the subject but i am permanenetly diagnosed agoraphobia panic and anxiety
lolove to u
and listen to everyone here please they know what they are talking about!! i am heavly medicated which stinks because of this just to get out u dont want that honey keep us updated please (((((((((((hugs)))))))))))
24 May 2011
For the past 27 years I have had anxiety and panic attacks in addition to depression and experienced some weird situations. Yes, afraid of leaving the house is one symptom of anxiety. Fear of doing everyday routines now that didn't affect you yesterday or the day before is unfortunately commonplace for anxiety and should not worry you. Try to go out and ask a friend to accompany you.
26 May 2011
Yes I have experieced this for years. it was very bad for about 3 to 4 years in a row after stopping Dexedrine. I also have OCD. I did get better w/new meds, but anxiety/panic has set back in, in late 2010, I don't even go outside. the only time I leave the house is 4 mandatory DR. visits, & some1 drives me. It is so bad, I've limited myself to the upstairs & mostly my bedroom, I hate leaving my room, even to 2 the restroom. it annoys me, my bedroom is my "comfort/safety zone". I've lost alot of friends who do not understand this, and a relationship. I can't tell u exactly what brought it back on so full force again. (2007-2009) I was active. but like 2002 thru 2005 not all at, & in deep depession. I'm sorry, this prob isn't helping you at all. u r not alone, geez I thought I was the only one. Xanax is supposed to help with agoraphobia, and it does help some, as long as I have no panic "triggers"...
I hope this helped some. Are you on a new med after stopping Lexapro? i'm 39 & I have tried lots of meds for this & anxiety & depression, if u ever want to talk to let me know. sorry I wrote so much. guess this was not direct. but I'm not on here for the points, I'm on here to meet people going thru the same struggles as me..take care, Kay
29 May 2011
I am 26 years old, and have suffered with G.A.D., panic attacks, as well as agorophobia and ADHD for 7-8 years now. I've been on pretty much every legal and not drug available. My attacks are brutal, life can be, difficult to say the least. I got away from illicit stuff and quit SSRI-SNRI's after 2 years on clonazapam (klonipan), along with alprazolam (xanax) I still suffer, but can leave my house and live (a reasonably normal) life. . . You're not alone, and you're not crazy! Hope this helps, and hope life gets easier for you.- Christopher
29 May 2011
Not pretending I am a doctor, but this sounds beyond anxiety and tipping into agorophobia. My best freind of 15 years has developed agoraphobia. We live 600 miles apart (I am a bit of a tumbleweed), but if I were near her, I would offer to help her take baby steps. Can you confide in someone about what you are going thru? Even if you can't, my freind's therapist suggested that she go outside her house once a day, moving a little further from the front door everyday. The therapist also suggested that while she was on the stoop, for instance, to focus on making observations - of her surroundings, the noises, the lawn, and how she is feeling while taking those step(s) outside.
If you jump start all the way to getting in your car and actually going somewhere, well, it is overwhelming.
Beyond that, look on Amazon for a book by a Psychologist on the topic of agoraphobia. And if you decide to take those babysteps away from your front door, afterwards, I would journal about the experience - how it felt, what you saw, what your heard, etc.
Eventually, it might be a good idea to see a Psychologist, to find out what is underlying your anxiety.
There are meds (besides benzos) which help with anxiety - for that you would need to see a Psychiatrist.
29 May 2011
Yes, I know exactly what you are talking about. I use to suffer from the same symptoms, but with the support of a Psychiatrist, counseling, medication and support groups I have become able to function much better. I still do not go to social events or places unless I have to. I am able to hold down a great job as a Registered Nurse working with patients that suffer from mental illness and substance abuse issues. My Psychiatrist told me that I have Social Anxiety Disorder and Agoraphobia. By no means would I suggest anyone to take any medication or diagnosis anyone. I am just telling you my personal experience. I would suggest you seek professional help because what you are going through is very emotionally painful and has a dramatic effect on your life. If you are like me, friends and family don't understand and think you are just lazy and think you should be able to control it.
That is why support groups are so comforting and helpful, you can see there are so many others that suffer from the same thing you do and you are not just lazy. However, I do think that along with support groups seeing a professional is also very important so that you can receive all the help there is available for you. I hope I have been helpful. I am here if you have any questions or just want a friend to talk to. Have a blessed day.
31 May 2011
hi kaylyn i can identify 17 years i was unable to leave my apt then i lived in long island ny i had to get a family member to get my food an other item from outside it just happened to me all of the sudden prior to that id been in an out of phyciatric wards while doctors tried to find the right meds for me then all of the sudden i went to the front door and it felt like there wasnt enough air out side so therpist came to my house i did this for 13 month it took 3 months to stan out side the apt door in the hall way and breath so you will learn to with counceling coupled with medications i say it this way because it was impossible for me to do it on my own your in my prays
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