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I Have Agoraphobia

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    The Trap

    Hi all you wonderful people out there, I joined this group and now would like to share my story, it began with depression and anxiety and can't pinpoint exactly where it came from, I got past most of it but it left me with severe agoraphobia, I haven't left my town in 5 years now...
    sbenveniste sbenveniste 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 5, 2013

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    It's minor, but it gets me really panicky.

    I'm trying to get it under control. =)
    bellx bellx 18-21, F Jan 31

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    A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    As open as I am, I'm sure a lot of people can just tell I am agoraphobia (must I add its all over my stories && on my profile). I am someone who struggles everyday with severe anxiety and panic attacks, and about a year and half ago became agoraphobic. I have recently written a...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 13, 2012

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    It Comes and Goes

    At my best I am a little shy, at my worst I can't leave the house, not even to get the mail at the end of the driveway. It has never been paralyzing or caused panic attacks for me, but it has still been very uncomfortable at times. I have found "alone time" is like wet...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Mar 7, 2008

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    Anne Frank

    Yes the title says what it says. I actually had a, what do you call it, ah ha a - "moment" today. Despite our differences in why and how we feel the way we feel, this is someone I really believe I can relate too. For the first time on Netflix, I got around to watching  the movie...
    strivingtobeabetterme strivingtobeabetterme 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 24, 2013

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    I Walk Through The Valley Of Darkness

    I was recently diagnosed with agoraphobia and PTSD (an addition to my list of disorders..ugh), but I had already diagnosed myself with agoraphobia as I have been unable to leave my home for close to a year’s time. I was diagnosed with major depression and panic disorder many...
    tobelieve tobelieve 36-40, F 7 Responses Apr 15, 2012

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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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    My Life With Agoraphonia

    Well i'm a 25 year old female who has suffered with Panic attacks for the past  6 years.    Like with many other people i started to avoid different situations incase i took a panic attack.  I avoided so many things that eventually i never left the house...
    lynnie81 lynnie81 21-25, F 6 Responses Dec 11, 2006

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    I barely ever leave my room.

    If I do, I'm verbally abused. I can't stand human interaction and it's gotten to the point where I barely want to log onto imvu anymore, because last time I ended up logging out while trembling uncontrollably from the stress that all the drama makes. Do I remind you that imvu is...
    SammiSakura SammiSakura 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 17

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    I have mild agoraphobia.

    I can leave my home and I do things hours away, so I have a pretty decent sized "comfort zone". The problem is that my agoraphobia has really prevented me from enjoying traveling. The weird thing is that I love going to new places and I have a huge list of places that I want to...
    an2012 an2012 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 23

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    Hi *waves*

    So, no surprise, my social network exists online, lol. Despite having many friends through school and hobbies, most don't like to visit me, and I don't visit them, so the internet has become my only real social tool. I've been agoraphobic for over ten years, with increasing...
    AquaGemini AquaGemini 21-25, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2008

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    Fighting Agoraphobia & Anxiety

    I purchased the attacking anxiety and depression program by the midwest center and I have learn't alot of copeing skills to cope with anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. It took me about 8 months to get what they were talking about in this program. My severe panic attacks...
    1woody 1woody 36-40, M 6 Responses Jan 8, 2012

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    Not Sure What Happened.......

    At one time I was in the center of all the attention, I choreographed dance shows, taught martial arts and I thrived on being the center of attention... now, if it weren't for people calling me for work, I wouldn't leave the house and I have clients i'm supposed to see or call on...
    entertour entertour 46-50, M 5 Responses Nov 17, 2013

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    Agoraphobic

    I am A 37 year old male who has suffered from panic attacks since I was 18 . My trigger was A crowd of people I did not care how bad I felt alone by myself because no one could see me that way. I have avoidence behavior if it causes panic/anxiety I avoid it If I am afraid i avoid...
    1woody 1woody 36-40, M 8 Responses Jan 3, 2012

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    The most hurtful thing you could ever say to

    some who suffers mentally is ‘nothing’s wrong with you’. I know I may seem like I don’t want help - for ****’s sake, I do and I know it, I’m just not ready for that kind of ‘help’ yet. I keep saying that ‘I’d rather kill myself ’ because honestly? It seems...
    chrisxderp chrisxderp 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 1

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    I'm not sure if this is what Agoraphobia is,

    but I have trouble going someplace where teens/druggies/sketchy people hang out. At the end of my street, I drive my, a cul-de-sac that I pass by, and sometimes there are cars down there. It makes me nervous everything I drive by there. Also, going certain places, becuase I'm...
    4EverBlissful 4EverBlissful 26-30, F 2 Responses Jun 7

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    I have this agoraphobia from last 3years.

    That fear almost kills me when I'm out.. I stopped my medication and I have extreme mood swings... Sometimes I will be over joyous and sometimes I want to cut my throat.. It's hard for me to know what I'm.. I can't even decide my character or control myself from doing stupid...
    Unpredictable009 Unpredictable009 18-21, F Dec 9

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    I Think It Only Matters If We Think It Does

    I can TOTALLY relate to you!! I've ALWAYS been an extremely extroverted, outgoing person. From my mother (with her alcoholic self) I inherited many great qualities...one of them is having a whole bunch of charisma. It is in my nature to find ultimate fulfillment interacting with...
    MysticWriter MysticWriter 36-40, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2006

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    I really wanna go back into my room

    and ******* die. I'm so damn tired of being verbally abused. trying to hold in tears when I'm trying to eat dinner is ridiculous and I feel like absolute **** and now I have to lock myself up and recharge so I can put my mask my back up to my face and continue talking to my...
    SammiSakura SammiSakura 13-15, F Nov 19

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    Hi everyone. I just wanted to post something

    real quick. I used to write a lot on here about my agoraphobia and I recently decided to start a blog. There's only one story but I'm just really hoping to create a place where I can openly and freely talk about my life with agoraphobia, to share stories, events, and hopefully...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 8

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    I hate how people think your lazy

    and that your using an excuse to not do anything or leave the house , people really don't understand they don't even try to I'm sick of feeling a certain type of way , I'm sick I'm defending myself and explaining over and over again what I'm going thro I'm scared now I live with...
    babydollveee babydollveee 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 25

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    The Person I Once Was, The Person I Am Now, && The Person I Will Be <3

    As for many of my friends on here know, I do suffer from a condition called agoraphobia. Mine is a little more severe than some and I'm okay with that. A lot of people don't know to what extent my agoraphobia is && I'm going to tell you. I know a lot of you know I have a hardd...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 12 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Where Has My Life Gone/ I Have Agoraphobia

    To start off am 30 and not had a lot of life experience. I have spent the last 10 years stuck in my home Afraid to live life. I have what is call Agoraphobia here is a link I used to spell it right and reading it. it shows what I have. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agoraphobia...
    animesam animesam 26-30, M 23 Responses May 20, 2010

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    Tired of Being Lonely

    I have physical deformities and this has led me to stay indoors. Ive been doing this for a long time now, more than 5 years.  I have no friends, it seems like i have no window to reenter society. Ive dealt with this for a long time, I probably wouldnt call it dealing, Ive...
    lance11 lance11 21-25, M 1 Response Oct 7, 2008

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    I have the fear of being on the freeway

    and driving especially long roads. My mom takes me where I need to be while I lay in the back seat and cover my head.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F Aug 15

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    Hi out there! Just wondering

    if this helps... I'm currently at my wits end because of my agoraphobia, and I can't stand it anymore. I need help. I would be very grateful to hear from others. Thank-you
    mommio44 mommio44 51-55, F 3 Responses Jan 29

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    I leave my apartment once

    or twice a week. I go to the same 3 stores at the same times on the same days. I take medication before I leave. I can do my shopping and never make eye contact or talk to anyone other than "thank you" to the cashier. I am terrified of meeting up with people I know, so I...
    absolom absolom 41-45 Sep 10

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    Agoraphobia

    hello,i found this site because i was looking for a site that may help me with my agoraphobia,i have had it for most of my life,sometimes its mild&sometimes its so bad my life just stops,am going through a bad patch now!the last time i went out on my own was over 3yrs ago,i...
    karentracey karentracey 41-45, F 4 Responses Aug 30, 2009

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    I'm 21 and I didn't get diagnosed till last

    year in May. It pretty much explained everything I was going through, the panic attacks, the endless worrying, the nausea and the irrational fear I got whenever I was around people, especially in trains. I'm on medication and monthly counselling and I don't think I'm getting...
    chrisxderp chrisxderp 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    This is more of a question ,

    but I was wondering does anyone drink alcohol and get drunk while having agoraphobia ?? Three years ago when I first started having really bad panic attacks and didn't know what was wrong with me I ended up drinking and got drunk and I was fine with no anxiety or panic attacks I...
    babydollveee babydollveee 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 15

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    im 19 and ive had agoraphobia

    for about 2 yrs now and im on ssi which helps out alot, i really have no communication with anyone except for my parents and brother but never really communicate with them unless i go down stairs, i spend all my time in my room i aslo suffer from anxiety issues im on meds for...
    cynthril cynthril 18-21, M Jan 22

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    I definitely feel incredibly uncomfortable

    when to say the least and it's become worse over time. I feel shaky, nauseous, extremely hyper-vigilant and I feel I need certain terms in case something bad does happen, usually a drink and something to settle my stomach. I only truly feel safe at home. The only time I feel...
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I love to go out and do stuff.

    I really am an active person at heart but I haven't lately or ever when i think back on it. In hindsight i guess i was always a bit of a "home-body." When ever iwent out during high school and college i traveled with people or along the more isolated routes. With people they...
    Kryste Kryste 18-21, F Mar 21

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    I'm not really sure if I have Agoraphobia

    or not… I think I'm fine going as far as I can away from from home, but when it starts getting late I HAVE to be home. I can panic if its dark out and I'm not home. It's gotten better over time, but I still don't think I could leave over night, without my family member I live...
    UnknownMysteryOne UnknownMysteryOne 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    Figuring Out Agoraphobia

    Sorry, I don't know how to post stories without using the 'share your story' thing. Anyway, I started trying to figure out what in the world panic attacks were in '98. I discovered they actually had a name/term for them in around '02. I began to research what they are tied to...
    DaSSRedemption DaSSRedemption 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 13, 2012

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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 Feb 23

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    Prison.

    I live in a prison of my mind.  I am eighteen, yet I can't do the things that most people my age do.  I really don't even have anymore friends besides people I talk to online.  I don't have my license or a job.  I'm too afraid to go shopping, which used...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin 22-25, F 11 Responses Aug 4, 2008

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    I don't like crowds or

    even five people in a. Room.....but my job requires me to be around crowds........and that's when my anxiety acts up......I was secluded for 2 years I do see a therapist.....just saying the feeling won't go away
    skittlrlz skittlrlz 31-35 2 Responses Jan 31

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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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    Living A Nightmare

    I am 20 years old. 3 years ago I was the most ambitious person. i wanted to hurry and graduate and go straight to college and graduate from there and get my career started. i wanted to get married and have kids. I was always happy, loved walking and getting excercise daily to...
    alexxisirene alexxisirene 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 31, 2012

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    Mild case. I don't think to say "afraid" to

    outside would be accurate but i just dont like to leave my yard. The world outside is f*cked. There are so many @ssh*les out there. Between crack heads, gangsters, pigs, feins, haters, d*cks in traffic, drama queens, drunks... it seems like there are few people who good in this...
    mierdamundo mierdamundo 31-35 Jan 29

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    Am I Recovering

    Panic attacks and severe anxiety has kept me homebound for about 18 years. After being agoraphobic all these years I am now getting out more and more with friends, and there are some days when I am stuck at home I wished I had A place to go just to get out. Am I recovering? or is...
    1woody 1woody 36-40, M 8 Responses May 29, 2012

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    Well, I'm not sure I do

    for sure, but I do feel quite uncomfortable being away from home, I'm always a little on edge as well as being fidgety and generally anxious. Even being 10-15 minutes from my house occasionally makes me anxious in case something happens to me. I've always been fine apart from...
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M Jul 28

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    I just have the opposite of Claustrophobia.

    .. a fear of wide open spaces. I panic and feel like there is no escape.
    DarkwingGoslyn DarkwingGoslyn 31-35 2 Responses Jun 28

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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 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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    I Suffer From Agoraphobia!

    Hey Everyone!Well my story is pretty simple. I suffer from agoraphobia. I haven't left my house as of 1 yr exactly this month. I can actually leave my house to go to the doctors because its only a couple blocks away from my house but other than that I am terrified. I currently...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 24 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    You Really Never Know

    What I mean by you really never know is that in life you really never know when things can be taken away from you or how. In my case, I've always had anxiety. I had my first real panic attack when I was a Sophomore in High School. I remember I was at a movie theatre on a date...
    strivingtobeabetterme strivingtobeabetterme 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 15, 2013

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    I don't where to begin truthfully.

    For some time now I haven't gotten on EP for a while. I kind of ran away from my problems for a while now and while I was running away I'd randomly come on here and check my messages/comments/ect just to see if I could get in contact with those who I have made strong connections...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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    The Longest Story No One Will Ever Read.

    I suppose it doesn't come as a shock to anyone who has this... illness... that I am sitting at home, alone in the dark, afraid of the things that are lurking outside. You could say this all started when I was very young and brutally tormented by my peers but it isn't a story...
    TheKamikazeKid TheKamikazeKid 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 28, 2013

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    Disappointed In Myself

    I just got back from a drive with my parents and Aunt. I couldn't even make it around the block. I'm soooo disappointed in myself. I never thought I'd get this bad. I just want to crawl under a rock and never come out. I don't think this will ever get better. I'm...
    AmazinglyAmazing AmazinglyAmazing 22-25, F 8 Responses Feb 10, 2012

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    A Draining Disorder.

    I suffer from Agoraphobia and Anxiety, ever since 2009 due to intense bullying. In the early stages after being diagnosed with the disorders, I was home bound. Just thinking of leaving my home and stepping out in public had me in sweats; my stomach would curdle and then it'd...
    tianajade tianajade 18-21, F 10 Responses Oct 20, 2012

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