I have had panic disorder/agoraphobia for most of my life and managed to get by for a long time but had a relapse and now instead of being trapped in my home, I fear being alone. Does anyone have issues with not being able to stay home alone? How do you cope??
Hi there sweetie. I would love to respond to this. Because right now I'm caught in a similar situation. I never had an Issue with being alone, as a matter of fact, now these days I much prefer it. There is an amazing Therapy that can really get you through this, Called CBT. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". This type of Therapy works wonders for all sorts of conditions, even though some people may say it only works well for some. When I went to the Psych Unit for a med change, my roommate would practice being alone for 10 minutes per day. Then she would increase it week by week. Going by her Tolerance. I was really proud of her when she made the 40 Minute mark. I seriously suggest CBT, I mean I think everyone should do it. Mental illness or not. I'm pretty sure a major part of my problem is the Anxiety I feel outside my home because of my poor focus with my ADHD.
Plus my decreased ability to keep up with people because of my Stelazine. Anyways, this sounds like Pure Anxiety to me. But I'm not a Doc/Psych. I wish you the total best and yes, I do understand. Please take care!
janet, iknow how you feel. iwouldn't let my husband out of my sight. but i have gotten better. i can't tell you how i did it. i would start out just staying alittle while maybe when he ran up to the store. it was so bad at first i didn't even want him to go outside and leave me alone in the house. I believe its the anxiety and we just panic. sounds like the other lady gave you some good advice. just wanted you to know you are not alone.
I'm not sure how to cope. There have been times when I thought someone was in my apartment, and coming after me on my bed. One time I really yelled, I mean the kind of yell that the whole world would hear. What freaked me out was that no one heard me. I could have been killed, and it wouldn't have mattered. I'm nocturnal, so that helps. I'm up at night and sleep until the afternoon. So that eliminates the fear of being caught off guard at night. Get back with me, would you? There's a lot more to it than this, as we all know. Take care. Anna
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