I know about the great effect that CBT can have on Agoraphobia. I just will like to know if medication have help anyone successfully over come Agoraphobia. Im trying my best to over come it.
Absolutely!! Medications such as Paxil and Prozac as well as the use of benzodiazepines such as xanax are recommended for anxiety disorders with agoraphobic features. As a matter of fact these medicines are a great adjunct to CBT. The combination has been very helpful to me and I can honestly say that I have overcome the majority of my fears. I still take medication and go to therapy, but am functioning at a high level now.
I agree with Laurie. ADs can help with agoraphobia. I had some agoraphobia and Ativan was extremely helpful. Even after I felt 'safe' going out, I would still take some with me 'out' and knowing that I had the med with me I was able to go out and around. Ativan has always been helpful for all kinds of anxity for me as well as Lexotan. I tookk the Ativan regularly even after the angorophobia ended and after awhile I cut down but take it again now if any anxiety flares up.
Best of health to us all,
Hi dream2727~~You know, yesterday I saw my Doc and we talked about agoraphobia because I've had it for many years. (She's a new therapist for me. The psychiatrist I was seeing for 24 years retired last year.) I asked her the same question and she said "talk therapy." I've been in "talk therapy" for 40 years. Then I told her about the support groups that I have here on Drugs.com. She told me that I should stay with it. It's my line of communication with others and maybe someone can help. I take Klonopin, Gabapentin and Lamictal. They help for bipolar, pain and depression and not for agoraphobia or PTSD. But I think it's entirely up to us to pull ourselves out of the lonely place called "Agoraphobia." I'm trying my best, also. I just don't know, truthfully how to break this cycle. Over my 62 years, I've taken many meds and none of them help Agoraphobia.
Don't you just wish we could go outside or shopping or just out right "play" without fear ? I pray you can find a med that will work for you. That would be fabulous, and I would be delighted for you. I wish I could help you find an answer, but I can't even go to my mail box until night because I don't want anyone to see me or talk to me. I know for SURE that all of us who have agoraphobia can benefit greatly from our friends on this site. There are some people on this site who dedicate themselves full time to find meds and solutions for our illnesses. It helps me a lot just knowing that there are people like us, who we can talk and relate with. Stay in touch. I'd love to know if you find a med that works. Take care, and God bless you, Sweetheart! Anna
In my experience with depression, it got so bad I had to ask my mom to grocery shop for me and pick up meds and had to take a 3 week mental LOA. A psych finally diagnosed my severe depression and gave me just 100 mg daily and a week later I had done a total 180! Agoraphobia is so hard to overcome by yourself. I am blessed to have a supportive family that helps me with those kinds of symptoms and I pray you do to. Don't worry, this too shall pass!!
Agoraphobia is tough! I've been through many differing therapy approaches to overcome it. I think medication by docs certainly supports the agoraphobic. I'm on MAOI and Klonopin. Still, the agoraphobia is there! With the diagnosis of ptsd, panic attacks with agoraphobia, i finally was disabled by my disorders, and i work from home. however, What helps me is my companion dog! Harry potter is a rescue dog. He came from a shelter in texas. He is very well trained, and because I depend on him to compensate for my disability, he is welcome most places. Harry Potter is my lifeline to life outside of my home. I literally cannot leave my house even to go out to my yard without Harry. He is not really defined as a service dog but I'm working on it! The dept of disabilities is very supportive of animal therapy. My lifeline is my dog. I can't leave my home without him. My psychiatrist told me to try this. It helps. I'm still agoraphobic... Have been for 56 years.
I have a shaggy polish lowland sheepdog rescue pup who goes wherever I go. And I saved his life by rescuing him! Love me? Love my dog! I wish you well and some peace. Blessings! Hope this helps...
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