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Hi .. My name is Stacy and I was diagnosed with Agoraphobia with Panic attacks about 8 months ago. I panic when I have to go out of my comfort zone ... alone. I will go to the grocery store, in and out .... and now the Laundromat if there is nobody there. I avoid all family functions and will pick a fight with my husband just so we won't have to go. Although I've always avoided social situations ... My Agoraphobia started when I was laid off from my job about 3yrs ago .. and has increasingly gotten worse. Along with this I have Anxiety attacks, Social anxiety and severe depression. I'm just a mess.
I want to lose weight and get healthy because I think it would help with my self esteem and social anxiety and maybe I will feel more comfortable going out because people aren't looking at the "fat lady". emoticon

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Hi guys my name is Dani. I've been housebound since mid 2010. The ONLY place I went in 2011 was the doctor and it was kind of awful the whole way there. I also have health anxiety. In october 2010 I started the couch to 5k mainly for something to do with my legs because they were hurting and cramping ALL the time because I hardly ever used them. Plus it's awesome to know if I ever need to run a long distance (from like lions or something lol logic) I can. I had gone up to 180lbs though so losing weight was a goal but not my main focus. I did complete it (I lost about 15lbs that year) but I got really sick and by the time I was well again it was hot outside and my mom had changed everything outside. It's 2012 and I don't want to be housebound AND unhealthy for another year. I hope that with this baby step method that the cto5k is designed in I can achieve other things and maybe leave my house eventually. I'm gonna post more about the couch to 5k as soon as I figure out where and I really hope I posted this in the right place. Thanks guys for reading and good luck with anything you're dealing with right now be it emotional issues, health issues, or weight issues. emoticon

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6/21/11 8:24 P

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Way to go ICANDOTHISJEN!
I found that taking short walks is what really helped me, as you mentioned it did take me the day to plan the short trip (my goal at first was just 10 minutes, even if it was walking around the block a few times). By doing this I have increased my 'safe zone' which has helped tremendously

"She believed she could so she did"

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6/13/11 8:19 P

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Hi and hope all is well. I'm Jennie and I was surprised to come across this team. I was diagnosed with agoraphobia years back. During most of the year I stay within the confounds of my home...fear, anxieties and panic attacks takes over the best of me. With almost 8 years of therapy and prescribed meds...I've come to understand the root of my condition more (well I hope so after all these years) lol.

I am proud to say since April I have gone out 8 times and plan to push myself to walk (outside) at least 3 times a week, As y'all know this type of an idea takes alot of planning and of course effort. Before I go near my front door...my mind races with all the dangers and "what ifs". So as I'm typing this my mind is continuously thinking of all the positive self-talk and reality checks I have to say to myself to accomplish my walking goal. Sorry about the rambling...just feels good to be able to have HOPE!!! Take care and may we all find success through our journey with SP!!!
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6/3/11 8:36 A

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TY for the welcome, and welcome to you as well - from one newbie to another emoticon

I didn't live on campus at school, but it was funny because I felt very safe there too. emoticon Kinda surprised me because of all the people milling around all the time, but glad that it happened. emoticon I'm glad that you feel safe on campus too!

Curves... isn't. emoticon I loved the workout, but they have to follow you around the first three times you go, and everybody is so "helpful" (which results in people running up and touching you and doing all sorts of things that interfere with the feeling-things-out process), and I was on my third time of them following me around and I just couldn't bring myself to go back. O well, I'll find something else that works for me. emoticon

Yay for Friday!!!!!
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6/2/11 7:38 P

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Welcome Sarah!
I am new to this group as well!!
My agoraphobia isn't as bad as it use to be (mainly because I live on campus at my University and lucky I feel safe on campus).
I see that you have posted in mid-april how is curves going for you?


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Hello, new spark team :) I'm Sarah, and I'm surprised that I found you. I was playing around on spark and typed "agoraphobia" into the search feature, and was happily surprised when the group popped up!

I've always suffered from agoraphobia in different ways, but as I've gotten older it's gotten worse. I'm okay at home, and I'm okay at work (as long as my phone doesn't ring, but if my phone rings a lot then I start getting very anxious), but I've lost contact with a lot of family and friends (aka my support team) because visiting other people's houses or being out in public isn't very doable (I can maybe manage a quick trip to the grocery store and that's about it).

I think that's why I like spark people, because I can read success stories or people's blogs, and check out different teams and communities and have that support that I need to stay focused. I can be active on SP when I can manage it, or I can sit back and do more observing if I'm having a bad day, but either way it helps me to keep working toward my goals :)

Right now I'm trying to challenge myself and expand my horizons... a traditional gym wouldn't work for me unfortunately, but I think I found a compromise with Curves that will help me get the exercise I need to get started on my weight loss adventure while still being a comfy enough atmosphere that I may actually go :)

O gosh, I ramble so much. Sorry, too much coffee today ;) I'm glad that I found this group, and I hope you all have a great day!

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10/26/10 9:00 A

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Hi Dragon!

I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner; I've been MIA for awhile due to family issues.

I know that both of us will reach our goals!!!

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Hi Dianna welcome to the team. Congrats on your progress. You might think it will never stop being difficult but I hear all these success stories of people who feel no panic what so ever after being under "house arrest" for years.

I hope you and I both can get there in the future :)

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9/21/10 11:45 A

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Hi!

My name is Dianna and I've been dealing with Agoraphobia since 2005. For three years, I didn't leave my house. On the rare occasion I did, I had all these rules and I'd suffer severe panic attacks - I always felt like I was dying. I'd shake, stutter, cry, and feel pain in my chest like a heart attack.

I'd be afraid to be home alone as well. I kept all the windows closed and the drapes/shades closed too. I'd hide in my closet if someone came to the door.

FINALLY, I'm making tremendous progress! Today, I was able to go to the bank (which has always been difficult for me!), the grocery store and the gas station **by myself!** It's still difficult, and I'll never say it isn't! But, I'm so glad that I'm making progress.

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

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7/22/10 12:40 A

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Hello,

I am FloPPyPiLLoW otherwise known as Sean Fuentes. I am 20 years old. I was diagnosed as agoraphobic about a year and a half ago after living for at least a year before that with noticable symptoms. I felt sick all of the time and didn't know why. Found out I was agoraphobic. Usually my agoraphobia manifests itself as illness, i'll feel sick then i'll feel dizzy then i'll start to panic and eventually have a panic attack. There have been many days where I cannot go outside. I never go anywhere without my sister, mother or my best friend. When I do go somewhere with them I stick quite closely to them and avoid interacting with anyone.

I started seeing a therapist about 6 months ago and I am slowly learning to control my anxiety. I have gone from not going in any vehicles at all to being able to passenger (with mild distress) in 30+ minute trips. And even on one occasion I drove. I still refuse to take public transit alone(trains, buses, cabs) but it's a step in the right direction.

I have made it through some tough social situations (a funeral) without medication (Apo-Clorazepam) thanks to using a combination of the coping techniques.

I, like many of you, have also had the issue of people not quite understanding. They're nice and understand that I am not able to do certain things, but they don't grasp how much of an issue it is in our daily lives. I am glad there is a group that can understand fully.

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Hi!

I am so, so glad that I found this team. I'm not alone anymore! There are people who understand! Oh, happy day!

So. I'm Nedyfay, I'm 23 years old, and I was diagnosed with agoraphobia about a year ago (together with a couple of other things). For the past year I have felt incredibly lonely because no one around me has truly understood - they have been really nice, don't get me wrong, but they didn't understand it on the fundemental level I needed them to - why there are times I can't force myself out of the door or even have the curtains open.

I have never been housebound for more than a few days at the time, luckily. I am stubborn and I force myself out of the house for at least thirty minutes a day. Most of the time I succeed. Then again, I live in a tiny town on the west coast of Norway; had I lived in a typical American city I would never leave my bed, I think.

I have a therapist, but we have focused more on my other problems rather than my agoraphobia. I hope that I will learn to live with this, somehow, although I have days when I wonder how I can. I tend to feel like a failure the day the agoramonster gets the better of me.

Uhm, yeah. I could go on forever, but I'll contain my excitement. I am just so over the moon that I am not alone in this. I honestly thought I was.

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7/11/10 10:44 A

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I have a part time job working downtown. I force myself there twice a week. I hate downtown, crowds, traffic, parking garages, elevators, escalators, and sometimes myself. I think the stress from forcing myself to face all those things I'm afraid off is causing very bad health problems. I can't quit because I am the only one in the family with a job. I have been working for years to get over these fears and other agoraphobic triggers.
Before I would have had a panic attack in the parking garage and never made it to work. Now I feel frightened all the time. I can never relax. The anxiety from going to work doesn't seem to become acute attacks rather a lingering monstrosity.
The job itself I like. I wish it was somewhere else, not downtown, with a nice parking space above ground in the shade.
I guess I should love my progresss. I used to not be able to leave the house at all.

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5/20/10 12:20 A

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Hi my name is mary I have agoraphobia.I have been living in my room for 4 years now.I hate it

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5/19/10 4:45 P

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Hi I think I have Agoraphobia. Having High Blood Pressure have hightened my fears.

I have winter blues

I am fearful of driving and having an accident. I listen to music and this cute lil children program to disstract my mind.

I will not go anywhere crowded/ to go shopping or drive on the Highway by myself - I only use main roads.

I am so thankful for my husband who goes with me everywhere and my sister to meeting me at the mall so I can go shopping.

Stress at work is also not helping emoticon

Till next time emoticon

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10/23/09 10:48 A

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I currently have agoraphobia. I have been dealing with panick attacks with agoraphobia for about 15 years. It gets better and then it always seems to get worse (to the point that I cant leave my house). I have two small children and my husband is disabled. I have to do everything for my family, but if I cant leave the house, I feel like a huge failure. I would appreciate and suggestions. Help!

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Hi all.

I am new to spark people and really glad to have found this site. I have agoraphobia and panic disorder but also have ME too. In fact my agoraphobia came about after being physically ill and stuck in a lot and also after experiencing vertigo and fainting with the ME when out.

I am up and down - I can go out with my husband or friends and some days I am fine but others I get very panicky just in a shop. I really want to beat this thing but had a setback - I was doing exposure therapy and I was confronting my fear of lifts - but the lift got stuck! You couldn't make it up. Since then the last two months have been bad and I have been having much more panic attacks and have also developed a fear of being in the house alone - which makes every day a struggle when my husband is at work.

I am so inspired by the messages from people on here who are beating this - it makes me believe i can too.
Rachel.

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7/7/09 7:56 P

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Hi Beth: I'm happy you've found this team. I was offline briefly to do some upgrading but I hope you'll come to the chat thread and speak with us, Amber is another member who is terrific. I read your info re: your job. Sounds very stressful. I'd love for you to bring it over to the chat and discuss. Anyway, hang in there. And emoticon

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7/6/09 6:19 P

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Hey folks!

My name is Beth and I live in Cincinnati, OH. I have dealt with agoraphobia for as long as I can remember. I was first diagnosed about 3 years ago, after being misdiagnosed with depression and a slew of other things.

I'm just getting on the fitness bandwagon and I am so happy to see other folks here for support. Everything is harder when you are afraid of everything, huh? emoticon

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3/13/09 9:53 A

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Good Morning Everyone!
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 only told about special lamps. I suffered through with my mom trying to brighten every day until Jan 96. Although the problems never went away, we moved to Louisiana and I still had fears although before it was just going to school I feared. Now it was meeting new people, going to the store, even going out to celebrate my birthday. But the "depression" was gone. I got very lucky and a girl I knew from Alaska lived on our same street and we instantly hung out everyday. I made it through the summer (oh I didn't go back to school after moving, I was being home schooled) Then I went to public school in the fall it was okay especially since I had friends there. I was even fairly popular, I was beautiful, skinny and friendly too. But I feared going places alone and often my family told me to grow up, but wouldn't make me go alone. At 19 my son was born and life was hectic and I had the baby blues, but I loved my bundle of joy. I still lived with my mom and sister until my son was 2 1/2. Then I had to face my fears and pay bills by myself, go grocery shopping alone and even take him to the park by myself. I spent a very confused 9 months avoiding crowds, doing my grocery shopping at 2am at the super walmart, taking him to parks that we out of the way for most people, I mailed most payments or would use the night slots. In earlier 2003 I moved to Maryland to be with my mom and sister again, all was easy again I had partners in the scary grown up world. I just suffered the blues during the winter when everyone seems less active. Two years ago I moved to my hometown in New York to take care of my father and all my fears came back. I did have a job and did that but when it was over (seasonal) I suffered badly. I shut myself in the house for almost a full year, coming out only in the summer with the kids!!! (Notice the kids.) I even now can't run into a corner store I have known since I was maybe 5 to grab a gallon of milk without either my son or best friend. I won't pick up my meds, go grocery shopping, walk down the street or talk to my mail man alone. (The same mail man since I was a baby well I haven't lived here all the time but have always visited.) My dad makes fun or me and tells me I need help which makes it worse. I went to see a therapist and she told me its in my head and that I make myself have panic attacks, so I refuse to go back. In September I talked with my doctor and he said its agoraphobia, I was amazed it had a name. He can't do therapy with me but has given me meds, which seem to make me happier but aren't miracles and I still can't go anywhere alone. He wants to refer me back to the therapists but I refuse to go and therefore I will never be fully diagnosed. Maybe if I move but I can't go back to the place that in my mind refused to see what was in front of their eyes. She also told me that I couldn't have a comfort zone or person. I do my house and my car are comfort zones and my son brings me comfort no matter where I am, although I still get nervous in crowded areas, with him. He might be 9 but he is my hero and my true comforter.

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Welcome to the team. Im new to the team too... My mom, like you never realised that she had a slight case of it too until she moved to Maine. She was on her own and looked back to realize why she had missed out on so much here in Jersey.

Glad to have you!

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Good morning everyone.My name is Lori.Im sorry it has taken me so long to check in,Im still learning my way around.This is an awesome site.I have suffered from agoraphobia for many years.Some times I can convince myself to go some where alone and it seem each time that I have it has been fine.But after I get back home it could be months before I go any where alone agan.Its funny becouse I didnt even realise I had it until my youngest daughter left the nest about 15 years ago.Im glad I found this group and hope to get to know some of you.

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Welcome to the team Brenda: Wow..you have a wee bit of stress in your life don't you? That's a lot to deal with. I understand a lot of what you're going through. I've been dealing with agoraphobia for over 16 yrs and M.S. since 2001. Hubby is bi-polar and neither of us work. Hubby is on plenty of meds but I don't have a doctor right now.

Well, you're under a doctors care re: meds so that's a step in the right direction. Do you also have therapy? I know this team won't make it all better for you but I'm hoping by sharing a little of what we're all dealing with it will lessen the load.

Drop into the 'chit chat' thread after you read this and tell me more. We have a few members that are just awesome gals.

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Hello team, my name is Brenda and I was diagnosed woth agoraphobia a few months ago. Needless to say its all pretty new to me and I an hoping to learn how to face my fears and be able to go out. I try and go out sometimes and nothing bad does happen but thats doesnt change the fact that I am petrified. Im even scared to go to families houses. Like this Christmas my husband and I have to go to his aunts with the whole family... I am so scared.

In addition to this I am also bipolar, have an anxiety disorder and I am borderline personality disorder... what does all that mean- I take a ton of meds!

Any help and advice is welcomed!

~*~Brenda~*~

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Hi, I'm Kait. I'm 35 and have been battling agoraphobia for nearly ten years.

Some days are better than others. Often I can go out if there's a friend or older relative with me, other times I panic and hide. I'm so fed up with being called 'just shy', or worse 'lazy'. emoticon

I've been taking medication for my panic attacks, and recently have come off them, on doctor's advice. I'd like to do without them, but if necessary I'll use them again. I just want to feel free to leave the house on my own, either to go somewhere or just for a walk.

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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.

I joined this team in order to find out how to get fit without having to go outside.

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Hello Everyone!
I'm Angie, and I am 29 years old. I have agoraphobia with panic disorder and have dealt with it for over 10 years. Things are better for me, I am setting goals for myself and I am traveling longer distances(way out of my comfort range). I am here to provide support to anyone who may need help. We can do this together.

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Hi! So I'm new to this group but I was so happy when I found it. I've had Social Phobia for 12 years (I'm 24) and recently I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder w/Agoraphobia as well as Dermatillomania (obsessive skin picking) and docs think I may be bipolar type II. After a stream of meds I'm on some that seem to work for some symptoms but the Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia is still as bad as ever. Thankfully I'm not housebound...yet...but everyday life is a constant struggle and I am thrilled there is a group like this...I was beginning to think Agoraphobics only existed on T.V. and my friends can't relate at all. So hi I'm glad to meet you all!

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Hi! You know, last night my husband said that I must have the worst case of agoraphobia in the world and I laughed. How many people do you know with it? Just me! And if they're worse than me then they are totally homebound! Silly man! And I have been homebound. I've been so frightened that the phone ringing would send me into a panic attack!
I started having panic attacks in 1976 (yeah... watch what you say about that year!) and I also did my high school homebound. Nice....
Anyway, in the beginning there wasn't a whole lot known about it.
Then therapists seemed to want to know WHY I was panicking. How about telling me what to do about them? I spent way too long thinking I was some kind of freak or just lazy or weak. I'm none of those things! I have agoraphobia.
I've recently found a good therapist and I'm starting to feel better. I'm on effexor, too.
I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old. And I need to stop complaining and just do something about my weight. That adds to my bad feelings.
Hey, glad you started this group, Melissa!
And Hello! to everyone before and after me!

 
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Hey Everyone!! I'm Angela and I am 29 years old. I was diagnosed with Agoraphobia when I was 18, but I have always had anxiety ever since I was a child. I have recovered from this disorder three times and I am currently enjoying life.

I have never been housebound, but I did limit myself to safe zones and safe people. The main problem that I always had was fearing the possibility of never escaping a place. I am happy to say that now I am functioning better and I am traveling to stores 30 minutes away. Traveling was always a big one for me.

Losing weight has given me more confidence in myself to overcome my fears and I hope that I can be of assistance to someone else!

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Hello. My name is Tabby and I have been severely agoraphobic for about 6 months. I can go months without leaving my house at all. I have had severe Panic Disorder since I was 7 and could always find ways of dealing with it. This past year my life has seemed to fall apart in all ways imaginable. In Sept. I couldn't take the panicking any longer. I checked myself into a hospital and start my path to getting better. I still can not leave the house at all unless I have a therapist session. Its horrible, and now my husband is leaving for Wisconsin to start a new job. He will only be a home a few days out of the month. I am extremely scared of being alone and this whole thing is going to destroy me. With all this it is hard to lose weight. It is hard to lose weight when you have no way of going out and working to get in shape. I am doing ok though so far. I want to learn some ways to cope and maybe the courage to get out a little more! Just wanted to tell you a little bit about me!

Tabby xoxo

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Hi Laura, welcome to the team :) I had some other physical health issues that included severe chronic pain and fatigue in the past so I know how that definitely doesn't help with getting out and stuff.

So how long have you been a member on here and how much do you want to lose?

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Hi Melissa. I'm glad you have started a team for agoraphobics. I've chatted with a few people here at SP already with similar issues.

I'm also glad you've come such a long way. That's quite a success story and an inspiration. My situation developed gradually about 12 yrs ago. I also became afflicted with MS 6 yrs ago. I don't have a doctor and am not much interested in going through the doctor hunt again. I'm really not ready for any major life changes aside from losing weight and dealing with the MS. However..that being said..I do look forward to at least sharing experiences in a forum discussion setting and from there I believe anything can happen. Anyway, the name is Laura and thanks for the invitation. I'm sure this will help me and others.

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Hello, my name is Melissa and I was diagnosed with agoraphobia in 2000. I was housebound for about six months in 2000, as well as for several months at a time during 2002, 2003, and 2004. During high school I was put on homebound schooling because of having agoraphobia and during my first years of college, I took all of my classes online. I had a car wreck a few years ago and that made things worse because it gave me an additional reason to be afraid of traveling and going to unfamiliar places.

In 2005, I started going to therapy and things have improved immensely for me since then! With the guidance of my therapist, I was able to gradually begin driving again and to start taking a few on campus classes. I graduated with my Associate's degree in 2007 and I am now a junior at a local university. All of my classes are on campus now. I still have a lot of work to do in terms of getting my life back to "normal" but I've made a lot of progress so far.

If you haven't tried therapy definitely give it a shot! If you've tried it and it didn't work out well, you may just need to keep looking until you find a better mental health professional to work with. It takes a lot of time and a little bit of discomfort to recover from agoraphobia but it is well worth it.

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