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How can you tell if you have agoraphobia?

I have GAD and depression. Last winter I became increasing anxious. I used to take walks in my neighborhood, alone and it was nice. Then I started getting scared all the time, having intrusive thoughts flooding me with "what if" and it got to the point that I was not able to go to the grocery store alone. I have gotten a tiny bit better, but still have panic attacks at the grocery store and rely on my children to go with me. Its not fair to them that their mommy went crazy. After going anywhere anymore I am cranky, exhausted, or both. I have to spend a lot of time mentally preparing to go out to do almost anything social, and when I am there all I can think about is how I can get away and go home. I want my life back. What happened to me?
Category: Agoraphobia 4 years ago
nervousnelly103
Asked 4 years ago

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This feeling of being so afraid, such Fear of going out,of being in crowds or even amidst family or friends because u may even fear they will see U with the woeful anxiety thing and think u are Mad....being afraid that U have an anxity/panic attack in a supermarket, in some shop, at some friends/families home..whatever..U get easily upset, easily cranky, easily coming down hard on those around u, maybe the kids..The feeling that U R fidgety, restless, want to just get away get back home to ease the Fear,the tension..be better at home?..Its your hiding place,..These feelings are bad and are quite revolting, quite upsetting, quite unreal, like UR in another world of madness of NO escape..Its called the "FLIGHT and FIGHT" syndrome.AND: doing all that actually makes U worse..actually increases the FEAR,,actually increase the fear of going out again.U get upset, so tensed, so angry at times with others.U start to "turn people off'..even ur own family,,>>what can U do..well what U can do is HARD, very hard, takes courage, takes NERVES** (**that are already shattered)..IT Takes ACCEPTANCE that u DO have these feelins, these FEARS..Face the bogey man..Go thru the fears, go thru the terror, the difficulty in getting out..YES, sounds easy, sounds ridiculous to U right now.Sounds like this Doc Keven is giving such advise that is maddening?/>>YET>>guys I went thru ALL this..and one day I decided not to allow the Demon to follow me, to take me over..Idid ALL the things that I feared and believe me when I did, I feared them MORE..I was terrified..BUT when I faced the demon, I won the battle..It was a LONG battle, but I won. and I did it all without drugs,,The determined Mind did it with me
doc keven
Answered 4 years ago
doc keven

Wow I just joined this site 30 min ago and everything you said is exactly how I feel! It sucks, I want my life back too. I used to not be like this! Good luck to you I hope you conquer your anxiety.
Fox00girl
Answered 4 years ago
Fox00girl

I feel like I have it a little bit... Past few days I havent even wanted to leave this house but I have to push myself and not give in to the feelings...
justinsgrl407
Answered 4 years ago
justinsgrl407

I have agoraphobia was house bound over 3 years ,i always had fears and anxietys,but it was one time i avoided going in to the store i was having anxiety i waited in the car it got worse i avoided more and more pretty soon it was my family gatherings any body who came to my house i would hide out,i feared my own family and its sad because i lost all those years i could of been with them and now some are past away and i cant turn that around,dont avoid anything fight to your hardest dont allow it to take control,it sounds like it is only the beginning for you.I,am able to do things now with no help i took control after almost taking my life and i knew i had to change or it would not be good, I have come a long ways and will not allow my self to be where i was.The key is dont avoid no matter what dont let it win you are stronger.
freetobe
Answered 4 years ago
freetobe

For myself it's open spaces, fear of needing help?, you will find you hate going out and feel more secure at home safety?. When i do go out i need certain safe items with me to feel secure.
billbobaggins
Answered 4 years ago
billbobaggins

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