DHILL, I didn't notice your post in this thread before. I'm not sure if you are still hanging around these boards but here's my suggestion: take baby steps. If just walking across the street causes you anxiety then don't walk across the street right off the bat. Instead, work up to it a little bit a time. Start off by doing something just a little bit out of your comfort zone -- for example maybe just open the door for a few minutes. When you start to feel a little bit anxious, stop, and close the door again. Repeat that every day until the anxiety isn't happening anymore. Then go a little more out of your comfort zone -- maybe step outside for a minute or two and then come back in.
The process above is how my therapist was able to get me to start driving again. I literally started out just going out and sitting in my car (with it off) for 5 minutes a day. Once that didn't make me panicky, I would turn it on and back it up towards the end of the driveway every day. Then I would drive down to the end of the street every day. Then I would drive around my neighborhood. Then on little roads outside my neighborhood. Etc. That process has helped me be able to drive to my university, my church, gym, etc.
If you have a setback and experience a high level of anxiety, you just move back a step for a while.
I just wanted to mention that I put a link to this team in the leader team discussion. I think that's the name of it. But I was hoping that would give the team more exposure in case there were others with agoraphobia looking for support. I'm going to try to keep things more active here.
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I created this team so that people with agoraphobia can have a support base as well as be able to communicate with other agoraphobics. You aren't very likely to just run into another agoraphobic in daily life, since there aren't that many of us out there and the ones that are out there might not be coming out of the house at all Another good thing about being able to chat with others that have this anxiety disorder is that we will understand each other; a lot of times, when it comes to agoraphobia, people who don't have it, don't get it. Getting healthy and fit for an agoraphobic may have obstacles that other people don't have to face; for example, just getting through the car ride to the gym, going into the gym, or going into the grocery store to buy healthy foods may be a tremendous feat for an agoraphobic. Finally, we can share tips and resources for dealing with this condition and we can support one another in our goals and steps toward recovery.
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