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judydavis Dec 12, 2017 (12:06 AM)  

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Hello Davit! There are many other forms of panic and anxiety disorder beside generalized anxiety disorder, and each of them has the potential to cause agoraphobia. Health anxiety, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and even phobias. One of my friends was dealing with this situation and he took help from voyante sérieuse. Now he is fine. A good reading can leave you uplifted and inspired to make changes to your life.


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I just want to remind people that no matter what technique you use Agoraphobia is a fear of having no control of a given situation, A fear of going out the door etc. is how it manifests itself. Agoraphobia is very curable. 


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Hi Catherine I had agoraphobia for 2 years but was determined not to remain housebound. I was having lots of panic attacks and blurred vision from the anxiety, really I was a mess. My change came when my Mother gave me a book called peace from nervous suffering by Dr Claire Weekes - it just changed everything after reading that book. I never took meds, slowly walked out of my comfort zone and recovered. I must admit I still get anxiety but have not had a panic attack in over 20 years and am not house-bound at all...good luck

Ionaldo Junior Sep 27, 2015 (03:29 PM)  

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Thank you for Affection, I enjoyed your MeganIsBack poster, going back to the first session of the program, estavana 4 already but well I will return, I count always with your help ..

SimplyCatherine Sep 15, 2015 (08:03 AM)  

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You should start the program here. It is very informative and hands on.

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Ionaldo Junior Sep 14, 2015 (11:10 AM)  

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Can help me on my panic and agoraphobia syndrome, can cite techniques to improve this problem, any help is very welcome, thank you!

SimplyCatherine Sep 14, 2015 (08:18 AM)  

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Thank you for sharing :)

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Ionaldo Junior Sep 12, 2015 (08:18 PM)  

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Hello I am Brazilian, I thank a lot for the dedication and love of you, in my country believe you would not find a page that level in quick information, I am preparing to be a military officer of my state and developed panic disorder, I am being watched by neurologist and psychologist, also developed agoraphobia, the main situations are now when I'm running on the beach, I'm in my preparatóriao course to be lieutenant and when I have a relationship with my girlfriend, those moments are coming anxious thoughts and sometimes consequently crisis ask HELP , Much obliged!!!!

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Thanks all for the support and advice :)

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On the mental side of this it is a lot easier to do something if you want to than if you have to. That is the only way to get back lasting control. Wanting to do something gives me control.


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Hi SimplyCatherine,

First, I should say that I was never officially diagnosed with agoraphobia; however, I have been afraid to leave my house. At one point I was even afraid to leave my room.
 
What helped me the most was consistency and making it a habit. I started off with relaxation; doing things that I enjoyed doing. Listening to my favourite music and singing it out loud was my turning point. I'd turn up the music and sing, despite having a terrible voice and being awfully bashful about having other people hearing me, too. After a few days, I'd emote, too. I'd close my door and move around like a moron, but it felt good. Really good. And pretty soon I was able to leave my room again without a problem.
 
Then came the hardest part: going outside. I took some major baby steps. At first, I'd clean my house and find garbage to take out. That way I'd have to go outside to the garbage bin. After I ran out of things to toss out, I'd make myself sit out in the back yard every single day for a few minutes at a time, and built it up to sitting outside several times a day, then eventually walking around the yard and just allowing myself to enjoy being outside. After a while, I'd spend most afternoons reading in the back yard and it became a comfortable routine.
 
Once I was comfortable with that, I'd give myself goals to go just a few steps further away from my yard every day. You'd think you'd look like a nut, but no one really cared and I made myself look busy by picking up litter. After a while, I was making goals to go to the corner store for milk or eggs or a newspaper every single day. Then I'd make goals to take a walk in the park or a few circles around the block.
 
The important thing was to do it every day. Even when you feel better again, try to keep it a habit. I've had a few relapses over the years, and they've all been traced back to not getting outside the house enough. It's a real problem for me because I work from home and not going outside is far too easy. Oh, and another mistake that I feel is well-worth mentioning, that I still have problems with today, is to tell someone. For me, that's the hardest part, but it's so much easier to get better when you're not trying to hide it from people.
 
Anyway, you'd be surprised how much good a daily ten minute walk can be for your head.

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Hi SimplyCatherine,

That's a big question and I am interested to hear what other members have to say. All I can suggest is to continue to review the program and to try to set small goals for yourself to work on gradual exposure of the agoraphobia which you have been doing. Be sure to celebrate each small goal you achieve. A 30 minute walk is a big acheivement. Congrats!! 
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SimplyCatherine Aug 24, 2015 (06:13 PM)  

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In a very short time, I am growing more and more housebound. I freak out at the thought of leaving my home, going too far, being out of reach of help… 

I managed to take a 30 minute walk near our house with my kiddo and Hubby in tow. 

Considering I need to be finding a job soon, I kinda need to be able to leave my house on my own and go where I need to go!!! 

Any tips to fight the agoraphobia? 

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