SparkPeople Fighting Agoraphobia Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=14837 This is a team for people who are dealing with agoraphobia and are in various stages of recovery. Come in and share your story. SparkPeople Fighting Agoraphobia Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=14837 Active Members http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x54523277 Who is all active on this team? Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:52:06 EST Newby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x53389766 Hi, I am new and battle with social phobia, hope we can get active here and support one another. We all deserve, all the beauty this world has to offer. Good people, the breeze, even the little lady bugs are waiting to greet us...I believe. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 18 May 2013 16:30:45 EST Is this team inactive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x53089663 Any active members on the team? Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:29:37 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1960x14837x46505643 Today I managed to walk around the block and only had mild anxiety! LOL! <BR> <BR> I have found that I can manage 10-12 minutes walking with my dog, so today after the walk with Nala, I took another walk alone. It's progress! <em>311</em> Thu, 9 Feb 2012 16:37:40 EST couch to 5k and agoraphobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x45815918 I finished the couch to 5k and I continued to run after I finished because I loved it SO much. When I say run though I mean on the eliptical. There is NO WAY I'm running in my neighborhood with all the strange things that have happened with criminal activity lately around here. So I "run" on the eliptical on the carport for the specified minutes on the program. I loved it so much I added about 2 weeks to get up to 40 minutes. I got sick though and had to stop. I want to start up again but my ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:26:55 EST check out my blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x44729062 My message is to end the stigma against mental illness. I suffer from agoraphobia and always will but I try to keep myself from staying in though I want to. I have a blog about agoraphobia, writing and other things if you want to check it out. Writing makes everything better in my opinion. aloha <BR> http://fromagoraphobiatozen.wordpress.co<BR>m/ Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:53:34 EST a book tour with Agoraphobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x43170827 This would have been impossible ten years ago but if you check out my blog you will see that I am not totally healed. I had an incident where I did not eat or drink water and during a reading felt panic. I had to sit down and ask for help. I continued and was warmly welcomed. It is baby steps. Look at my face. I was scared but did it. I felt the fear and faced it. That is why I wrote my memoir ; to help others who like me couldn't leave my house. I am one of you and always will be no matter h... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:37:37 EST My new memoir http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x42758870 I feel very lucky that my book has been published and I hope it helps at least one person who knows what agoraphobia is. My publisher is a UK mental health publisher who donates to mental health issues to stop stigm <BR> <BR> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <BR> New memoir shows how one woman triumphs over severe anxiety and trauma “From Agoraphobia to Zen”-Uncovering the core of my anxiety and reclaiming my life. <BR> Makaha, Hawaii June 28, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> Aloha. I am excited and grateful to... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 03:45:27 EST Aloha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x42655297 My name is Maya. I joined ten days ago to reach a weight loss goal and was so happy that there is a group here who understands how hard it is to live with this disorder. I say I am in the healing process. I even have a book about to be published in print soon (It's already an ebook) called "From Agoraphobia to Zen" and I am about to go on a booktour But... <BR> I have had some stress ok, a lot of stress and am getting symptoms again of panic and not wanting to go out. Stress is a bit trigger... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:09:18 EST New to team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x42499254 My mom believes I had agoraphobia since I was about 3-4. I always needed to be held, I couldn't go places on my own. And I would fake being sick to avoid school. I have been working on trying to get better. There are times I can go shopping, but I have to focus on items in the aisles and have someone with me. I avoid any aisles that has even one person in it. This week my agoraphobia is at it's worse. I can't even leave my apartment. I missed an appointment with my therapist this week, I coul... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 11:41:23 EST Stuck in a bad situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x40122230 I always knew there was something wrong but didnt know it was "agoraphobia" until I read the things other people were going through on here. I had this when I was really young because of an overprotective abusive mother. For years I was afraid of everything, hated going to school, never had any friends for a long time. Then, when I moved out of my parents house when I was 17, I guess being out of that environment helped a lot because i was completely independant until 2006 when I got married ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:52:43 EST Can I do this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x26838837 Man, two days into trying to be more healthful and I'm already feeling overwhelmed. I am also looking to change jobs, maybe. I applied and interviewed for a promotion, and ever since then my boss seems to be ignoring me (she's the one who interviewed me and does the hiring). So, today, I applied for a case worker job working at the same low-income mental health clinic that got me back on my feet. <BR> <BR> Since I'm already a case worker, maybe I will find more passion working with folks ... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:34:38 EST Let me try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x24078796 Good Morning Everyone! <BR> I would like to introduce myself. I am Amileigh known to most (few in numbers) as Ami. I was diagnosed in September with Agoraphobia. I have had problems since I was 13 though (I just turned 29.) Originally in about 93-94 I was diagnosed it S.A.D., which seemed to fit at the time. It was explained to me that it was sort-of like extended cabin fever and leaving in Alaska with the dark winters this made since to me. The treatment was extremely expensive as we were on... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:04:43 EST Let me try again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x24078768 Good Morning Everyone! <BR> I would like to introduce myself. I am Amileigh known to most (few in numbers) as Ami. I was diagnosed in September with Agoraphobia. I have had problems since I was 13 though (I just turned 29.) Originally in about 93-94 I was diagnosed it S.A.D., which seemed to fit at the time. It was explained to me that it was sort-of like extended cabin fever and leaving in Alaska with the dark winters this made since to me. The treatment was extremely expensive as we were on... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:04:01 EST Medications? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1960x14837x17860977 How many of you have a prescription for your anxiety? If you take medication, how effective is it? Thu, 21 Aug 2008 15:01:20 EST Team Goal To Track Your Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x17676656 I've added a goal for this team. Just track your water at the bottom of the team page. Good luck! Thu, 14 Aug 2008 17:05:02 EST QOTD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6978x14837x17301695 Ok, this will be for our question of the day. <BR> <BR> If you could change lives with anyone who would it be? <BR> <BR> I think I'd like to be Donald Trump for a day. Not just for the wealth but for the dynamic lifestyle, constant activity and maybe even being a household name. Sat, 2 Aug 2008 03:56:33 EST New Spark Tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x17224778 From Sparkguy: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone <BR> <BR> We launched a new tool/link on our Fitness Resource Center where you can enter your zip code and to find gyms near you that offer a free pass. To use the finder: <BR> - Click on Healthy Lifestyle, then Fitness <BR> - Look at the end of the center column on the page for the "Find a Gym" section <BR> - Enter your zip code and click search (works for people in US only) <BR> - You'll be taken to our partner Gymticket.com's site to ... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 21:12:53 EST New Spark Feature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x16744555 Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> We wanted to let you know about a new feature that launched today! <BR> <BR> You can now add clickable links to your Message Board signature, the same way you add links to your board or blog posts. To change or add a signature, go to edit mode of your SparkPage and scroll down to the "Personal Signature" text box. <BR> <BR> This feature was frequently requested by our members, so we hope you enjoy! Also, please remember that the Community Guidelines apply to si... Wed, 16 Jul 2008 03:59:32 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x16277950 Hi! I'm Di. I'm 55 and I have a profound fear of humans. That isn't an official diagnosis since I only go to the doctor in dire emergencies because - guess what! - they're all humans. I live with my husband/significant other who is only human on the outside inside he is canis lupus, the noble wolf. <BR> <BR> I joined this team in order to find out how to get fit without having to go outside. I absolutely hate leaving the apartment. Besides which it's going to be 114 (maybe a little higher)... Mon, 30 Jun 2008 10:22:16 EST Let's start fighting..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x16116885 How about a challenge? Everyone make a list of the things that cause you anxiety ranging from 1-the lowest amount of anxiety to 10-the highest. The lowest will be the first thing we tackle. I'll begin: <BR> <BR> Driving 3 miles away from home <BR> Driving 5 or more miles away from home <BR> Driving alone 1 or more miles away <BR> Driving to the next town <BR> Driving alone to the next town --whew, that would be scary <BR> <BR> Because I have already met the first 2 on my list, I will start ... Tue, 24 Jun 2008 23:31:35 EST I'm not alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x16014574 I'm so glad this team was started. <BR> My name is Jo and I'm new here. <BR> Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:29:24 EST What's helped you most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x15382208 For me, <BR> 1) taking it easy and being glad I could take even one step out of the house at times, has helped. Then being glad I could go to a store (even if I got scared and ran out). <BR> 2) medication for PTSD post-traumatic-stress disorder has helped <BR> 3) therapy and an encouraging counselor <BR> EYEBRIGHT Sat, 31 May 2008 01:05:55 EST Practical ideas for agoraphobics http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x15382147 So, I got to thinking as I was reading all of the posts, that everyone probably has a wealth of ideas of things they do "just to make it through the day" <BR> <BR> Here are some of mine: <BR> 1) Go with a friend if I need to go somewhere <BR> 2) Buy my food online <BR> 3) Get a job working for a friend- barter computer skills <BR> 4) Buy in bulk so I don't have to go out as often <BR> 5) Personally know a few people at places I know I will need to call (my kids school, etc) <BR> 6) Get ev... Sat, 31 May 2008 01:01:03 EST I got out of the house tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x14214241 I went up to Wal-Mart for some fresh fruit and vegetables and some supplements. I went up at about 1:30 a.m. The place was practically empty. I'm a night person so I don't mind driving at night. It was pretty cold, though. I had to scrape my windows. All-in-all it was a good experience. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 06:44:36 EST Flower is in labor now http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x14199772 <em>30</em> Flower is in labor now and i know she will be ok. This is also her last litter, Thank goodness. She is blk/wh parti. I bred her to my blk/tan and she will have all Parti's, but 1, and it will be black or solid white. She's pacing back and fourth. It wont be long? Diane Sun, 20 Apr 2008 15:27:27 EST Hello everybody. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x14181411 I'm Rob. I have Social Anxiety Disorder and agoraphobia. I only leave the house about twice a week, usually in the middle of the night to go to Wal-Mart or Walgreens. They're both open 24 hours and Wal-Mart was recently expanded to include a grocery section, so I can get just about everything I need at like 3:00 in the morning when there's only about ten people in the whole store. Sat, 19 Apr 2008 21:04:40 EST I am scared to leave my house http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x14000912 <em>198</em> Hi my name is Diane and i live in Portland OR.We just moved here from Texas. I freeked out on the plane coming up here. It is so hard for me to even talk to anyone on the phone.This is the only way that i can talk to anyone, really. Its just so scary for me out in the world. I never leave my front door, What can i do for this, Diane Sun, 13 Apr 2008 22:47:59 EST Relationships, marriage, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1960x14837x13731563 How many of you are married or in a relationship? Did you and your significant other know about your anxiety problems in the beginning of the relationship or did the anxiety come on later after the relationship was already well established? <BR> <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2008 14:39:13 EST Always glad to communicate with other agoraphobes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x13620917 Melissa, Thanks for forming this group. I hope I'm not your oldest member at 49. I think others might not understand trying to eat healthy with a big knot of anxiety in your tummy. I hope this plan fits me, I have really weird sleeping and awake hours, and thus weird meal times. Wed, 2 Apr 2008 02:15:18 EST What Would You Do First? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x13370649 I haven't been outside my apartment for several years now. I'm not sure when I will go out. If I could pick one thing I would do first, it would be to go to a dentist. (maybe that's why I haven't been out LOL) <BR> <BR> Aside from this I might choose to go to fireworks or carnival. That might be slightly more fun than the dentist. Mon, 24 Mar 2008 17:54:01 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x10818513 Do you do resolutions for the new year? If so, what are your resolutions for 2008? Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:22:55 EST How did your holidays go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x10818490 My Christmas was good. We went to the candlelight service at church on Christmas eve. The next day we opened presents at my parents' house and then went to my aunt's house for dinner and more presents. I'm not doing anything special for the New Year. Sun, 30 Dec 2007 11:21:53 EST Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x10613615 Do you have pets? If so what kind of pets do you have? Sun, 16 Dec 2007 15:10:31 EST Favorite things about staying home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x10598201 So I was looking at this message board and wondering, what are your all favorite reasons for staying home? Some of course are because of fear, but what are the good things? Plus what do you like when you do get to go out? <BR> <BR> My favorite reasons to stay home: <BR> 1) having fun with my four little girls (you can see their picture on my Sparkpage) <BR> 2) I can put my favorite smells and images all around my house <BR> 3) friends almost always know where to find me <BR> 4) I feel s... Sat, 15 Dec 2007 09:46:43 EST Where would you go if you could go anywhere? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1960x14837x10544512 If you could go to two places without panicing that used to make you panic, where would you pick? <BR> <BR> I would choose the gym, because I go there anyway and just freak out through it, and the hospital because alsorts of important things go on there- births, deaths, friends needing support, and sometimes me sick... <BR> <BR> Where would you choose? <em>38</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2007 22:04:55 EST This team looks like fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14837x10527661 Hi, I'm Eyebright. I am glad there is a team like this. What a perfect way to take baby steps and share them with people who can relate without having to go out and get triggered! Hee hee. Anyway, I get out sometimes, but I definitely prefer to stay at home... I was actually diagnosed with PTSD with agoraphobia traits not agoraphobia but the outcome is the same. I look forward to reading everyone's posts... Eyebright <em>233</em> Tue, 11 Dec 2007 00:03:03 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14837x9696303 Hi! I slowly started to form agoraphobia back in 2003 it slowly started. It didn't get severe until 2006. I saw a therapist and she kind of helped but while in therapy I had met my now husband. After I met hiim I realized he was doing way more good than my therapist and so therefore I dropped my therapist and now my husband helps me. Considering where I was a little over a year ago I've drastically improved but I still have a few more issues to get over. Thu, 25 Oct 2007 11:11:32 EST What did you accomplish today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1960x14837x9424120 It is important to remind yourself that you're making progress, even if what you've done today is only something that seems small. Wed, 10 Oct 2007 16:01:21 EST What are your goals for today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=1960x14837x9424051 Recovery takes baby steps. Having mini-goals for each day helps in moving foward towards accomplishing long-term goals. Post your goals for the current day here! Wed, 10 Oct 2007 15:57:57 EST