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I Am Agoraphobic

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    Its Hard Dealing With Agoraphobia

    ive had agoraphobia for a while now and it's getting me down so much,all my friends seem to be getting fed up cos of the way i am and i feel im losing what friends i have left,sometimes im ashamed to tell people that i am the way i am cos im worried what they will think im a shy...
    shygirl25 shygirl25 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 1, 2011

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    Stop Panic Attacks Without Medication

    Since I started blogging about my panic experiences and how I overcame them, one of the things I get asked about most is whether or not I had to take meds. And the answer is yes, for a while I did. But regardless of whether you have to take them for a while, just know that curing...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Jan 6, 2013

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    Agoraphobic And A Few Other Things...

      I've been diagnosed as agoraphobic, no big surprise as I don't even want to leave my room! I only leave my house with my daughter to do the things that I HAVE to do (always going to the same few places and getting home asap) and besides that I will go to the doctors...
    beingquiet beingquiet 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 30, 2012

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    I Hide In My Apartment All Day...

    I have barely left my apartment in the past 2 years. I live alone. I only go out to buy groceries(usually late at night at the 24 hour store, when nobody is around) and I go to my dr's appointments. I see a psychiatrist but he has never pointed-out that this is possibly...
    MelodiousWayfarer MelodiousWayfarer 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 3, 2011

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    There Is Life After Panic Attacks And Agoraphibia

    Hi, this goes out to all those that are suffering from panic, fear and agoraphobia, I know some days can feel pretty low but hang in there, there is life after panic attacks. I suffered through occasional panic attacks that later spiraled into a crippling 4 year battle with...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response May 6, 2013

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    Living With Agoraphobia

    I have been living with Agoraphobia for 2 years. My house is my safe zone. I can never get very far on my own when i go for walks, if i go too far i start to feel panic. Also i can't bring myself to get public transport on my own. Buses, trains etc. Im ok when im with someone i...
    TimidGirl TimidGirl 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 30, 2012

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    Getting Better.

    I've made a lot of progress lately and I'm so happy to be able to say that. There was a time, this time last year, where I feared I'd be stuck in my house forever. It was terrifying.  But to anyone who is in the worst of it right now, just know that there IS a light...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 5, 2009

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    Going Back To Work After Agoraphobia

    This isn't so much about overcoming panic, as it is about how awesome life is after. You feel bulletproof! Hope and a positive attitude are critically important to curing panic attacks and agoraphobia once and for all. Sometimes people really focus too much on the day to day...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Jan 6, 2013

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    Does fear cause real diarrhea

    or does it cause the feeling only ? http://livelifetothefullest.live-panic-free.com/2014/03/03/does-fear-cause-real-diarrhea-or-does-it-cause-the-feeling-only-.aspx Hey guys, sorry if this seems spammy, not my intention at all. I used to just paste my experiences in several...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 4

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    What is a Panic AttackA very important question

    if you're struggling with this condition. You should really understanding exactly what's going on behind the scenes.So what is a PA?A sudden feeling of acute and disabling anxiety.`Ok, that's the textbook definition, but i don't think that clears things up too much so let's go l...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 23

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    How I Overcame Panic, Fear, Hypochondria And Agoraphobia!

    I struggled with panic, fear, hypochondria and eventually even agoraphobia for years. It seemed like my mind just got stuck in this loop in which I just kept worrying. As soon as my panic kicked in, my heart started racing and I was absolutely convinced that I was on the verge...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Nov 25, 2013

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    Im Not Creative Enough to Think of a Cool Title

    Well everytime im in public i feel so out og place and umcomfortable. Every time i pass someone i feel like they judge me. after a few seconds i start crying and stomping my feet. im tired of wearing the same clothes but i just cant go to the mall.
    suicidalkitten suicidalkitten 18-21 1 Response Aug 1, 2009

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    Slightly Agoraphobic?

    I've never been officially diagnosed, but I have been diagnosed with social anxiety and depression.  I moved near Boston with my current girlfriend about a year and a half ago, and I'm still kind of getting adjusted. I don't know, it's not rational, but sometimes I'm afraid to...
    SpookySean SpookySean 26-30 Feb 2, 2011

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    After 5 Years I Am Just Now Startin to Heal, Is Helped Me

    Understanding phobias What is a phobia? A phobia is an excessive or unreasonable fear of a specific object or situation that is generally considered harmless. In fact, if you have a phobia, you probably realize that your...
    cindy420 cindy420 46-50, F Aug 26, 2008

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    Am I ?

    It occured to me the other day whilst talking to my cat (i know). I have had previous problems with anxiety and depression. I dont think i've left thee house for two months or so, and before that i would only leave if i knew exactly where I was going or had very detailed...
    just1voice just1voice 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9, 2012

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    Help Me! I Obsess Over Everything!

    Question: I have been living with panic attacks and anxiety for about 16 years. It started after I stopped using drugs. I constantly thought I was going to or was in the act of having a heart attack. Then, it started me checking windows and doors repeatedly every night, and the...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Sep 9, 2013

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    When I tell people that I'm basically afraid of

    everything outside my house they laugh. I can't blame them. It's a stupid, annoying fear, but it's not irrational. The world sucks. It's a dangerous place and it's filled with stupid people.
    Eleonora13 Eleonora13 18-21, F Jul 15

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    frustrated!

    I have just recently been diagnosed with agoraphobia I think it’s due to ptsd and body dimorphic disorder I feel like a mad scientist operates my brain most days. Every day I wake up I go into the bathroom to do my makeup and start getting a panic attack five hundred voices in...
    bri222 bri222 22-25 1 Response Jan 15, 2013

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    I Miss So Much of Life

    a month ago i made plans with my 3 sisters to take a fun 6 day trip to San Diego.  i really thought i could do it, in spite of being agoraphobic.  i was supposed to leave tomorrow morning.  tonight, i chickened out, even though i had paid my air fare, and knew i...
    robyn robyn 51-55, F 2 Responses Jul 28, 2009

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    20 Years And Still Going Strong!

    hi everyone i have been a sufferer of agoraphobia for many many years , at times there has been no trace of it in my character but at times its so acute i can not even go to the bin outside the front door which is a few yards from the front door, crazy i know but only a true...
    psychicprayer psychicprayer 36-40 5 Responses May 28, 2012

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    Damn you fox! Second attempt:  Having

    panic attacks? Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    A Question I Received About Overcoming Panic Attacks.

    Question: Can u give me an advice?i love how u explained that to overcome anxiety,u shud rely on urself and not on others bcoz dependency will only make me feel hopeless and weak.I really wanna try to live again.I miss the old me so much and i want to feel the freedom again of...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 2013

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    Hang In There, It Gets So Much Better!

    I hope everyone reading this is doing ok and making progress with their panic attacks. For those of you that haven’t read any of my posts before, my name is John and I used to suffer from brutal panic attacks and agoraphobia. My condition got so bad that for a time I couldn...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 11, 2013

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    The Dream Was Over...

    I was a vibrant young free spirit, travelling the world, experiencing things most people only get to dream of and even things beyond any dreams. l quit my job as a furniture maker in England and booked a ticket to Los Angeles California. I had only $300 when l landed at at LAX...
    HomelyBoy101 HomelyBoy101 31-35, M 5 Responses Oct 5, 2013

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    I'M Afraid It Will Get Worse

    I consider my agoraphobia to be fairly minor, because I only have full-blown panic attacks maybe every two or three months. But when coupled with my introverted personality, social anxiety, and ingrained inability to interact with other humans as a result of childhood...
    groundedwanderlust groundedwanderlust 18-21 2 Responses May 14, 2013

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    Utter Self Consciousness

    I was diagnosed with Bipolar in 2006. This was because I had a nervous breakdown and was totally depressed. But only a few months later I experienced a high. To be honest I guess I almost entered psychosis. My irrational fear is that people watch me. I've always had this. I...
    deehitcher deehitcher 26-30, F Apr 12, 2012

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    I have had enough, decades of battling ME

    and SA have lead to me being agoraphobic. The NHS are useless for this and the mental heath team told me they can do nothing for me as I would need to be able to attend counselling and/or therapy as they do not do home visits. I have looked into buddy schemes but none in my area...
    SAandME SAandME 46-50, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    A Dream Wasted

    I made it to San Francisco hoping my dream vacation would help with the loneliness and this depression eating away at me. I hoped it would get my mind off of my friend's murder. But it hasn't. I'm here now, alone in my room so afraid of what of outside my door I could throw up...
    TheKamikazeKid TheKamikazeKid 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 3, 2013

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    Another Long Night...

    I spent last night watching out my window again for hours. It was cold so I am sick today but it felt worth it at the time. I counted cars and wondered which ones passing by were about to harm someone. I can't stop thinking everyone and everything is out to harm me but I expand...
    TheKamikazeKid TheKamikazeKid 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    I am agoraphobic and it's getting more

    and more difficult to leave my house even for once a week grocery shopping. I had a panic attack in Subway today.
    azny azny 56-60, F Jun 12

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    Will I Have To Deal With Panic Attacks The Rest Of My Life

    Will I Have To Deal With Panic Attacks The Rest of My Life Chronic, overly intense panic attacks are probably the worst thing I've ever had to go through in my lifetime and I'm really hoping that that period is the worst I go through ever. You feel so helpless and it seems like...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Jan 20, 2013

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    Its Tourture

    Being agoraphobic is literal torture. I'm not sure which group category I fit under I saw there was, Agoraphobic, recovering agoraphobic, and slightly agoraphobic, maybe I'm just all three. When I was 16 I dropped out because I felt really uncomfortable at the school I was...
    palerose palerose 18-21 4 Responses Mar 21, 2010

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    My Battle

    hello. im emma, and i have been suffering from agoraphobia for 3 years now. i have always suffered with panic attacs since the age of 16 , and i have been able to control them to a certain degree sometime being panic free for 7 years . suddenly after a break in my panics they...
    emma35 emma35 31-35, F 5 Responses Jul 31, 2009

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    It's Hard

    Every time someone commented on my agoraphobia, I'd think to myself: I'm not agoraphobic - I don't mind open spaces. A little bit of research finally convinced me that I am agoraphobic. It's not just about open spaces! Agoraphobia causes a wide range of inexplicable problems...
    Scarlet2 Scarlet2 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2010

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    Hopeful I was told that I have agoraphobia

    about 4 1/2 years ago. I have spent a long time ignoring my issues and they seem to get worse over the years. Whats worse than thay is that I dont really even understand agoraphobia or the way I act and feel. I love the out doors, as long as im not in a metro area, big cities...
    ladyJT ladyJT 26-30, F Jan 30

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    Living With Agoraphobia .

    Hey Everyone, Never tried anything like this before but now i'm doing better then i was i think maybe sharing might help others get to at least where i am on the road to recovery. about 3 years ago i started becoming quite reclusive,Which was rather strange seeing has how i used...
    101Ben101 101Ben101 22-25, M 3 Responses Dec 31, 2012

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    Difficulties In Socialising

    My decent into the clutches of agoraphobia began several years ago after a brutal physical attack with a would-be robber. It was an awful experience that affected me greatly in my life. I tried to continue with my daily life, but it wasn't easy to keep it from showing. A year...
    thirteen31 thirteen31 36-40, F 2 Responses May 19, 2009

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    I'm Afraid...

    to write this story.... Ok, no, that was a joke... But I do have agoraphobia...and it's not really about leaving the house...although that's a part of it.  It's the fear of fear....and I AM really afraid of being afraid!  I hate it!  It makes me feel weak...
    1froggirl 1froggirl 36-40, F 2 Responses Feb 22, 2009

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    Is It A Panic Attack Or Heart Attack?

    I hope everyone is still hanging in there! Remember anxiety attacks are just temporary. Nothing more than over the top adrenaline rushes in which you play a silly mind trick on yourself and convince yourself that something terrible is going to happen. That's it! They do go away...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 12, 2013

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    I Don't Know Where It All Started...

    I don't know when it all started; what was the final straw that made me decide that I could just stay in my house forever, (except to go to the grocery store or doctor, the two necessities that would get me to leave). I always had a ton of friends when I was younger, and I...
    jjslair jjslair 36-40, F May 7, 2009

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    Alleviating That Excess Nervous Energy

    One of the hardest things to deal with when trying to overcome panic and anxiety is knowing what to do with all that excess energy. I know when I used to get my panic attacks it sometimes felt like I just wanted to jump right out of my skin! My heart would race at a thousand...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M May 7, 2013

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    How Can I Stop My Negative, Panic Inducing Thoughts!

    When I suffered from chronic panic attacks, one of the biggest obstacles to overcoming it was stopping my mind from constantly circling around negative thoughts. I would just get these terrible ideas of things that "might" happen, and my mind would obsess about them like they...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Dec 30, 2012

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    Stopping Panic Attacks Can Come Much Quicker Than You Think

    I know panic attacks are really, really, really miserable. One second of a panic attack can feel like an eternity and the hardest part of any recovery is the beginning when progress is measured in inches not miles. But regardless of how tough it is, it is very possible to recover...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Jan 12, 2013

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    I Hope I Get Over This

    Hi! I am an Agoraphobic. I hate coming out of my comfort zone which does not include sports, social events nor going out. I know it's pathetic but I honestly can't help it. I have very low self confidence. I am trying to try new things to get over this phobia and thus, this...
    ProudPotterhead ProudPotterhead 16-17, F Sep 19, 2013

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    I have been housebound

    for over a year
    Hashigirl777 Hashigirl777 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 17

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7

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    I Had No Idea

    I had no idea what agoraphobia was about.  Okay, maybe a little... I just thought it meant you were afraid to leave you house.  When my therapist told me I should get this anxiety and phobias book I did so, skimming over the part about agoraphobia.  Why would I...
    Bonjourchic Bonjourchic 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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    Everyday Is Getting Harder To Cope With

    I have been unable to leave my home alone well the furthest is end of road,I can go shopping only if partner is with me but freak if to many people there 😠, I not been able to work in last 2.5 months no1 is helpful including one of the GPS i saw starting talking therapy next...
    nessyno nessyno 41-45, F 7 Responses Sep 26, 2013

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    You Cant Rely On A Crutch To Overcome Panic

    Before reading, just remember that this is my personal experience, everyone has their own goals and personal situations to deal with. If you're on meds, make sure to speak with your doctors before getting off of them. Panic attacks are desperately miserable situations, there's...
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Jan 20, 2013

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    1) I love fashion 2) I adore animals 3) I'm agoraphobic 4)I'm scared of Kermit the frog 5) I fell for someone of this site 6) I'm clumsy and have broke my own nose and split my...
    fashionanxiety fashionanxiety 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 27

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