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I Have Agoraphobia

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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 2 Responses Sep 28, 2013

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    I Think I Have Agoraphobia

    I have been reading the stories on this group and it sounds just like me. I've been putting myself down for two years because ever since I moved to this city I have become more and more reclusive, scared to go out alone. I have PTSD and some events that happened just before I...
    TolstoiFan TolstoiFan 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 21, 2011

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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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    Conquering My Fears, Slowly But Surely..

    I don't have crippling agoraphobia, but I am definetly very VERY uncomfortable in many social/out of the house situations.  I will start sweating bullets just while groccery shopping, and I'm the kind of person that needs alot of structure and a strict scheduele, even while...
    dreamliving dreamliving 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 11, 2011

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    Having panic attacks?

    Here's some advice from Tyler Durden. 
    Lifeafterpanic566 Lifeafterpanic566 31-35, M Mar 7, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jan 8, 2012

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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 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 7, 2008

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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, 2014

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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 56-60, F 3 Responses Jan 29, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 10 Responses Aug 4, 2008

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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...
    Krystean Krystean 18-21, F Mar 21, 2014

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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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    My Story

    Well my story is long... I have actually published a full blog on line that tells about how it happened... therapys ive tried and recommend.. plus useful website links. its www dot livingwithagoraphobia dot blogspot dot com I hope its helpful
    lynnie81 lynnie81 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 2, 2008

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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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    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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    Forever Alone

    I'm a very shy 26 year old female that suffers from agoraphobia. I really don't know what happened to me. I used to be outgoing and not nearly as shy. In fact I'm having trouble just writing this... 10 years ago I would have laughed at someone scared to type about themselves. I...
    xNebulax xNebulax 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 22, 2012

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 15, 2014

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 28, 2014

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    been having this for about a year now,

    bad agoraphobia , don't wanna go anywhere because i'm in risk of a panic attack that lasts long and is pure hell and terror.
    mistywillow mistywillow 22-25, M Mar 15

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    I'm 14 and I haven't left the house

    since January. My mom texted me this, "How would you like it if I locked myself up in here for months? You saw me getting weak and pale and bored. I didn't go to work, see friends, or anything. How would that make you feel? Would you worry? You're tearing me up with this.". Don...
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 15, 2008

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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 3 Responses Aug 1, 2014

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    Over 10 Years

    At the end of this year I will turn 30. But I feel more like in my early 20s or late teens. I get a lot of anguish comparing myself to average people my age, I simply have not had the life experiences that they have had. There are that many things that I have missed out on that...
    Cheebo Cheebo 26-30 4 Responses Jan 4, 2012

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    I had no idea. My Grandma was agoraphobic,

    but I've been free of chemical depression and love to go out. I moved cross country @ 22yo and suddenly got shy. I went through a several month period 8yrs ago where all I could do was stare at the walls and tiptoe (had put cat to sleep, new town and didn't know anyone.) Have...
    MissASC77 MissASC77 36-40, F Feb 21

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

    I'm trying to get it under control. =)
    bellx bellx 18-21, F Jan 31, 2014

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    I've been having it for a few months.

    I get dizzy when I see crowd coming towards me.I become afraid of falling.I have no problem with going out or communicating.I feel this way only at college.During breaks hundreds of students go up and down the stairs,enter and leave the building moving between campuses.I wonder...
    darkblue0909 darkblue0909 18-21, F Mar 16

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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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    i hate this so much, i get anxious

    and panicky each time i go out my front door. the further i go the more anxious i get.. i was never like this .. never.. i get the sensation like i'm in a plane that's about to crash sometimes.. even though everything is just fine. and friends are calling me weak and things like...
    mistywillow mistywillow 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 8

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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, 2014

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    My life has changed so much in two years.

    I quit my job (unrelated to agoraphobia) in late 2013, and since then I've been at home doing freelance writing. I've always had anxiety and let's just say "related bowel issues," but since I've been home I am more afraid than ever to go to appointments, to the store, to see...
    OttieCat OttieCat 31-35 Mar 31

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    4 Months Continuously In Home

    This is my story, How is your life going?
    IMSAF1991 IMSAF1991 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 14, 2013

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    I recently started a blog.

    It's nothing too nice yet as I have just started it but I really would love for people to check it out (if of course you'd like too) :)) but I'm also trying to connect with those dealing with anxiety/agoraphobia. I only have one story but am planning to write about my life with...
    strivingtobeabetterme strivingtobeabetterme 22-25, F Jul 8, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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'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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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