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Sheshe4

607d

Anyone deal with Agoraphobia? Or similar? Has anything specific helped you get back to normal?

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    • str8outtacollagen

      574d

      Exposure therapy helps me a ton. I had severe agoraphobia during junior high (had to drop out of school because I couldn’t leave my house without having panic attacks) and I worked with a counselor for a couple years on building up to big wins by tackling small wins of exposure to situations that made me anxious. There’s something about it that puts me a place where I can say to myself “I thought my worst case scenario was going to happen when I did that, but it didn’t. I did something i didn’t think I could do and I get to be proud of myself for that even if nobody knows that was hard for me or understands why it would be. And I bet I can do even more things I didn’t think I can do.” Sometimes I avoid the thing I’m scared of because I know I’m not mentally in a place to handle the stress. But when I’m having a day where I feel good and notice a little bit of bravery or energy in myself, I capitalize on those days to try something that makes me a little uncomfortable - because even if it doesn’t go as well as I hope it’s just an exercise I am choosing to do (not being forced by circumstance) and because I’m choosing it I automatically feel less anxious because I get to be in control of my choices so it usually just makes the whole experience a little victory. Those little victories add up to unlock confidence to do the bigger scarier stuff in my experience!

    • str8outtacollagen

      574d

      Exposure therapy helps me a ton. I had severe agoraphobia during junior high (had to drop out of school because I couldn’t leave my house without having panic attacks) and I worked with a counselor for a couple years on building up to big wins by tackling small wins of exposure to situations that made me anxious. There’s something about it that puts me a place where I can say to myself “I thought my worst case scenario was going to happen when I did that, but it didn’t. I did something i didn’t think I could do and I get to be proud of myself for that even if nobody knows that was hard for me or understands why it would be. And I bet I can do even more things I didn’t think I can do.” Sometimes I avoid the thing I’m scared of because I know I’m not mentally in a place to handle the stress. But when I’m having a day where I feel good and notice a little bit of bravery or energy in myself, I capitalize on those days to try something that makes me a little uncomfortable - because even if it doesn’t go as well as I hope it’s just an exercise I am choosing to do (not being forced by circumstance) and because I’m choosing it I automatically feel less anxious because I get to be in control of my choices so it usually just makes the whole experience a little victory. Those little victories add up to unlock confidence to do the bigger scarier stuff in my experience!

    • fuzzy419

      606d

      I struggled with awful agoraphobia in high school bc of my ocd. The biggest thing that helped me was setting a time when I needed to go home. So I'd go outside for 20 minutes and then I'd be allowed to go back inside. Somedays I wouldn't be able to make it for 20 minutes, but I was able to make it for 10. I also would walk in a familiar place were I could see my house so I could go back inside if I was really panicking.

      • Sheshe4

        598d

        @fuzzy419 thanks. I feel comfortable going to places that aren’t super far and I’ve been there before. I guess places where I KNOW I’ve felt okay at. But I avoid restaurants at all cost now because of the panic attacks I’ve had there. Thanks for your comment

    • Yuka

      606d

      Paxil (paroxetine) 20mg

      • Sheshe4

        598d

        @Yuka they gave me Paxil many years ago but of course what I ALWAYS do is self sabotage by reading all kinds of awful stuff about Paxil like people having thoughts of wanting to kill their families and stuff. I ruin every bit of help for myself

    • gatsbybird

      606d

      my roommate struggles heavily with it and for her having a dog has helped her greatly

      • Sheshe4

        606d

        @gatsbybird I thought about that!! But of course I have a mild ptsd from when my last puppy almost died in front of me and we had to eventually rehome with a close friend because I couldn’t sleep— I would keep checking on the pup to make sure he was breathing all night 🤦🏼‍♀️

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