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I hope you can get help too. Psychotherapy is very helpful.


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12/30/09 4:18 P

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Thank you all for advice and input. I've been doing a lot better since i started working out again. I think i'm burning up all my tensions!

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12/30/09 12:57 A

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I do suffer from Agoraphobia and it does sound like you are suffering from some agoraphobia issues. I still am not 100% better, but I have been dealing with my agoraphobia for 3 years now and it's certainly better than it was when it first took over my life.

The first thing I will say is that it is good of you to recognize it and that it's very important to seek treatment for it because as much as you may want to do things about it on your own, as an agoraphobic I know that never really happens. It's very hard to overcome your thoughts and fears on your own and a lot of times people who suffer with this phobia will avoid going to a therapist or psychiatrist because it means they have to leave their house/comfort zone.

I had it really bad when it first hit me and I holed myself up in my apartment for 3 months. It was awful, but one day I finally broke down and asked my family and boyfriend for help and they were really glad to help me.

The first thing you should do is get a good recommendation for an experienced psychiatrist and therapist in your area. These two people (or one if you find an MD) will be integral in the treatment and getting over your fears. I can honestly say without this your battle becomes much harder and although there are the select few that get through it on their own it seems that with agoraphobia the longer you let it go the more fears you begin to develop (trust me....that's what happened to me).

I really hope you are able to get help and if you ever have any questions or need someone to talk about who can relate to what you're going through (I know how hard it is to get people who don't understand the phobia to listen) then feel free to email me anytime.

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12/28/09 12:54 P

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I hope the books help! I have a couple that I should probably reread. Because I agree, sometimes I feel like I'm just a passive viewer of my life instead of LIVING it.

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12/27/09 11:42 P

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Thanks to all of you that posted! It really does help to know that other people do go through this also.. i mean i could be freaking out in a crowded elevator, and most likely someone else in there is too. I'm ordering some books on teaching yourself not to have panic attacks. I did figure out why i've been getting them lately.. i have motion sickness when i'm in a car. i think it all stems from the sinus infection i had last winter that never seemed to completely go away. So at least if i knew i wasn't going to get dizzy in a long car ride, then maybe i wouldn't freak out about it before i even get in.

I'm going to restart eating better (holidays screwed me up!) because lately i just don't feel "good" and i was when i was exercising and eating well. I'm also going to do more reading on panic attacks and ways to cope with them. I want to be over this! i miss taking vacations, or going to crowded bars dowtown (occasionally) i hate not LIVING my life!

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12/27/09 12:58 P

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Only in the most severe cases of agoraphobia does the person not leave their home. I never realized that I am actually agoraphobic until I started really researching it.

I very much prefer to stay home unless I know I am very close in town and have the full power to leave whenever I'd like. I am getting better about going farther away from home, but only if my husband is with me. He's basically my "safe" zone.

Except for during a drug trial I have never taken any medication. But one day when we can afford health insurance I would love to start seeing someone.

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12/27/09 9:43 A

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Thank you for posting this. This is exactly how I feel and it is the main trigger for my panic and anxiety. My attacks will often come frequently and then will dissipate for a period of time - only to shock me with their return months later.

I have horrible fears about getting stuck somewhere. I hate being a passenger and it alone often creates severe anxiety symptoms. Then, if we're going somewhere I "have" to stay - such as a doctor's appt, the fear multiplies. I only let people I truly trust drive, and I know they'd always bring me home if I asked, but it doesn't seem to help the symptoms.

I often have fear about work. I work 12 hour shifts as a nurse and although I "can" leave - it is obviously frowned upon. I work in a very busy ER - it's a good thing because it keeps my mind very occupied but the anticipatory anxiety of going into work is very powerful. I'm requiring a dose of xanax almost every work morning now. It's very disappointing to me that I can't "handle" it on my own but I don't know what else to do.

Christmas was a huge trigger - especially visiting family. I felt like I "had" to stay, was too far from home, etc. Very very few people seem to understand this fear. It's not really agoraphobia - I'm not "afraid to leave my home" - it's totally situational. If I'm under my own power, close to home, I'm fine.

Other than the xanax taking the edge off - I haven't found too many tools yet to help me with this unique ordeal. I just recently started with a therapist to see if she can help me. I've debated on a daily maintenance medication but everything I've tried so far has made me worse, not better.

Unfortunately I don't have much advice for you. I can only offer sincere support and best wishes. I really understand everything you're saying and you've helped me by identifying the same thing. Helps me to be a little more calm about it because there are other people who understand. Take good care of yourself.

Lyndsey - RN working on a change!

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12/26/09 5:41 P

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I'm really sorry about the panic attacks. I have had them too, but now, with therapy and medication, I rarely get them.
I think you need to talk to your Dr. about getting back on medication..there are options for getting it less expensively. Ask your pharmacist.
Best wishes to you for finding a way not to suffer any more.
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12/26/09 10:05 A

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I feel for you since I've felt like you many times in my life. I finally had to get counseling and I take medication. There are generic medications that are very inexpensive. I take the generic for Celexa which is another SSRI like Zoloft. A doctor would work with you. It's my curse to be afraid of fear, but I have strategies to deal and I push myself through things. The trigger that sent me over the edge was the death of my mother, and when I finally knew that my biggest fear was death, I started fighting back.

Good luck, Carol

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12/25/09 9:00 P

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I also have the "fear" of getting stuck somewhere. I don't like driving too far away from home because I'm worried that I will get stuck.

I don't have any real advice or tips, but I did want to let you know that you aren't alone! There is also an agoraphobia group on Spark if you look on my page it is there. Talking it out really helps. =)

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I've been getting chronic panic attacks for about 6 yrs.. not sure what suddenly triggered them because i would say i was pretty "normal" and happy.. nothing life changing was going on at that time. I was on zoloft for a little while.. like a year. then i couldn't afford it so i stopped taking it (shouldn't have stopped cold turkey, but i know that now) But it seems like i won't have panic attacks for like 6 months, then all of a sudden i have them quite often. My biggest one is being in a car and i'm a passenger.. i can't shake that one. i get dizzy and nauseous, i can't breathe, and i just want to get out! If i'm driving, it doesn't happen too often. Another "fear" is being stuck somewhere. I won't even schedule myself at work (i do hair) for more than 4 hrs at a time because i'm scared i won't be able to go home if i do feel sick or have an attack. I want to start a new career soon, but i'm terrified of actually having to be at work for 8 hours at a time.
Today is Christmas Day. I spent 1 1/2 hrs getting all ready to go to my bf's cousin's house and when he got here i freaked out. I couldn't stop crying, or shaking. I was so scared of the 30 min drive and then having to be there for 3or 4 hrs with 13 people (lots of triggers there.. car, being away from home, and a crowd) I feel so bad i didn't go. I know he wanted me there so bad! I met his family a couple weeks ago, so i thought i would be fine, i think it was the car ride and knowing he would want to stay for a while that scared me so much.
Any advice, tips, support? I gotta shake this crap! I'm so tired of avoiding fun things because i'm scared i'll be scared! Thanks to all in advance! Merry Christmas!

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