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why do I have no desire to leave the house or be social, even on the phone with friends. my dad is fine and my son but i cant even go see my son at his apartment and it kills, i feel so bad, crying all the time?

Category: Agoraphobia 8 years ago
Asked 8 years ago

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I understand your pain with this, i too went through this back in 2002 and here i am back in the same position again. If i go further than the end of my street i become really anxious to the point where i turn back and come home again to my safe zone. The way i beat it last time and what i am currently working on again, is to go out each day and try and make it further each day, no matter how much i cant be bothered with doing it. You just have to tell yourself that you can do it and each time you get a little further you will congratulate yourself. Make it a challenge, each day that you get further you will become to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that you will get. 12 months ago i couldnt even sit in a car in the driveway, now i can drive by myself to the end of the street. Its not easy but you CAN do it.
sotired
Answered 8 years ago
sotired

I have the same problem only I attribute it to my anxiety. I am not sure if I have agoraphobia issues or not. But most of the time I can't even check the mail. It sounds so sad and I feel like a big baby but much of the time opening my front door causes me anxiety. If there's a knock my heart races. If we get a delivery I get irritated and wish there was someone else there to accept it. I go for weeks or months without leaving the house. I don't see my mom as often as she would like and I only live a 45 minute train ride form her. I skip almost all family/social events and almost always regret it. My friends and family talk about the fun things they did or saw while they were all together and I just look on remembering the times I did have a life. It's a sick cycle. One that wants to keep you in the house than make you feel guilty for doing so. All I can say is that you must capitalize on those moments when you do feel up to going out and remember how good it felt to do so. Than maybe those memories and feelings will inspire you to do it more often. That's kind of what I'm trying to do. It's not fool proof but it's a start.
Answered 8 years ago

Are you actually anxious to go out and do things, and be social, or do you just feel no desire to do so? It kinda sounds like depression, to me. Which is entirely common in those of us with anxiety issues! The first step I would take is figuring out if you're depressed [i]along with[/i] your anxiety, or if you're depressed [i]because of[/i] your anxiety.
Asho_DirtyPoo
Answered 8 years ago
Asho_DirtyPoo

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