Scared Of The WorldMy Agoraphobia is a symptom of panic disorder/ptsd I deal with. It still doesn't make sense to me, when I've lived with it for over ten years! Its a really hard thing to try to explain to people; "What, you're afraid to go grocery shopping? That's silly" and well, while a person who says such a thing isn't going to be especially compassionate, its kind of a truth. I find it silly that I am scared of leaving my home.
I dealt with it well, in fact I think my agoraphobia is kind of a self-defense mechanism in my head that's been activated. I was always a homebody so it wasn't hard to cope. Being so removed from people, having few friends and little social contact is the hardest part of it. Then there's the fact that sometimes, I just have to order things to get shipped to my house instead of going to a store and picking it up. I end up paying more and waiting longer... its kinda hard to not feel like the world is trying to call you inferior.
The more often I force myself to go out, the less of a problem this is. The more often I go to the same place and become more familiar with it, I'll feel more at ease there. My worries have diminished over the years with experiences that tested my nerves, but I felt like I came out on top. Social networking sites help me keep my sanity too :D
I just found EP yesterday so I am still checking things out but being an agoraphobic, I think a website like this would be ideal for supporting people, finding support or just knowing your not insane because others deal with the same thing. We're never alone, not truly :)