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.
Edited by: MELISSA1208 at: 9/3/2008 (17:43)
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