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Agoraphoby3

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I started doing exposure therapy once a week with my case manager and have been forcing myself to leave the house when I have an opportunity. When does it get better? It's So hard. I dont go inside anywhere yet, just ride in the car. I'm on .5 Klonopin a day plus 10mg lexapro and 50 seroquel at night. The klonopin helps some but not nearly enough. My prescription allows me to take a second klonopin every other day. Should I take a second pill before exposure? or should I just try to push through it without?

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    • Mattman

      665d

      Well I was agoraphobic for 8 months straight and the only time I was able to go out was with one of my parents to places but eventually after 8 months the Dr added Abilify and it broke me out of that mindset, but my Dr at the time wasn’t worried about the amount of Klonopin I was on at about 2mg per day eventually I was able to break through to go anywhere with time and effort, but the Klonopin played a huge part and was eventually increased to 3mg per day and I been on that dose for since 2009 until now, the issue is that now my body is so used to the 3mg that I don’t really obtain relief so the max dose is 4mg a day and I may have to take it because my body is so used to the 3mg, so I would say to really use the Klonopin only when you need it. With the work of your therapist and creating a good plan and stable on meds you can bounce back and live a healthy life. The more exposure you get outside the less fearful you’ll be and you will know your limits but honestly it’s a battlefield in your mind and you really need to take steps that are going to be fearful but it’s the only way to break out of the homebound life.

    • Mattman

      665d

      Well I was agoraphobic for 8 months straight and the only time I was able to go out was with one of my parents to places but eventually after 8 months the Dr added Abilify and it broke me out of that mindset, but my Dr at the time wasn’t worried about the amount of Klonopin I was on at about 2mg per day eventually I was able to break through to go anywhere with time and effort, but the Klonopin played a huge part and was eventually increased to 3mg per day and I been on that dose for since 2009 until now, the issue is that now my body is so used to the 3mg that I don’t really obtain relief so the max dose is 4mg a day and I may have to take it because my body is so used to the 3mg, so I would say to really use the Klonopin only when you need it. With the work of your therapist and creating a good plan and stable on meds you can bounce back and live a healthy life. The more exposure you get outside the less fearful you’ll be and you will know your limits but honestly it’s a battlefield in your mind and you really need to take steps that are going to be fearful but it’s the only way to break out of the homebound life.

      • Agoraphoby3

        664d

        @Mattman thank you so much for the advice!!!

    • Nina716

      665d

      Is klonopin something you take in the event you have a panic attack?

      • Agoraphoby3

        664d

        @Nina716 yes, it's like xanax or ativan except it lasts longer and takes longer to kick in

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