It has been years since I have had a serious panic attack and therefore don't remember my agoraphobia too much. But I will never forget the shear fear of having a panic attack. It is ever present in the back of my mind. I no longer hibernate avoiding situations that might cause me anxiety. I have learned that the fear was the problem not the actions themselves. I had to face the fear by taking my medication and going to therapy in the beginning and now I can actually keep the fear at bay long enough to prove to myself that I won't panic when I'm out and about. I still live with a low level of anxiety all the time but it doesn't keep me from venturing out and participating in my life. I had to make my mind up that I was no longer going to be a victim to my fear and then prove to myself that I could survive without having a panic attack.
Wow, thank you for giving me the opportunity to share, it has helped me tremendously. I hope it helped you a little too.
I had this when I was in my late teens and early 20's, I had panic that would come on first I had a horrid fear of getting out in public places (with friends and aquaintences), the panic was uncontrolled fear I just felt like if I were out and in a group of people and it hit me I would get this horrible feeing that I was going to die or maybe loose my mind, I underwent a long bout of psychotherapy and I was on some medications things were so rough and I was so afraid I just could hardly believe that I would ever get any better, after a lot of hard work and good care over time things did get better, it didn't happen overnight but things did improve, I had a lot of laboratory work done and there were some of my male hormones that were not normal although this was not the entire cause it didn't help things,
I can tell you that I made myself a promise that if I ever came across another individual who was experiencing this I would do everything in my power in order to let this person know that it is possible to recover from something as devistating as this, at the time I didn't share my story, I was so afraid that only very few friends knew how sick I was and intimate family members, I think looking back at this horrid experience if someone had been able to tell me that they were experiencing this that it would have given me a ray of hope, when you go through something so uncertain as this you need someone who has been through it and has the heart to share, you need to know that you are not alone! I was under so much stress drom it all that I had myself convinced that I was loosing it, I think it would be a terrible shame to experience something like this, and then to recover and then not share this with another person, It is my sincere hope that you soon start getting all the help that you need and that you improve like I did, just don't give up! you have to keep fighting but please believe me things do get better. this is a wonderful site filled with lots of good caring knowledgable people who want to help other people, My site name is Caringsonbj and my first name is Billy, I am willing to help you and support you in every way that I possibly can, if you ever need a friend to talk with I am going to friend you then you can sned me a private message, I will do my best to help you in any way that I can if you ever decide that I can be of help to you, I can always listen It is my sincere hope that you improve, whether it is with help from me or from others please know that is what we are here for!
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