... brother all died in less than a year.my grandma had cancer and my mom and brother died in separate car accidents 5 months apart. I can't leave the house without having severe anxiety... can anyone relate?
I can relate to the anxious about leaving the house. I can't relate to the tragedy you've had in your life. I'm sorry for your loss. Losing one loved one is enough for a decade, and you had it together. I really have to force myself to leave the house. I see it in myself that home is a safe haven and out there people can hurt you. Is your dr helping you?
Yes, indeed. However, gradually helping yourself via the right social connections, support groups etc., you can begin to overcome. It is a slow process and the secret is wanting to do it, wanting to be better. And it is a process, learning how to process grief is one of the most valuable lessons one can learn, also the most difficult, but rewarding at the same time.
I feel your pain, sort of in a different way. I had a horrible childhood, grew up with fear and anxiety. Got married too young to escape it. But that was a long time ago, and I am what I am. I worked for many years, did just fine, and retired at 60. I found that after dealing with idiots day and night (I worked for the Police), I really don't care if I see anyone anymore. I have my hubby, my dogs, my cats, my kids, my quiet life suites me just fine. I'm able to go out when I need to, for doctor's appointments, grocery shopping etc, but I just rarely want to. Hubby helps a lot due to my medical issues. I have a lady who comes in and cleans due to my limitations. Retirement didn't turn out quite like I expected, but I'm content. I hope you realize that reaching out is the first step in overcoming this. Most of us have been through a lot of problems in life, so that's why we're here. :)
It appears that you have not responded recently. I hope your social anxiety has improved. After a traumatic eye injury last year I became photosensitive so stayed inside. The longer I did this the harder it was to go in public to the scrutiny of the public looking at what I considered a hideously ugly blind eye. PTSD has it's issues as well. No matter you are not alone, continue to reach out!
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