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Thu Oct 2, 2014, 05:14 PM

Hello there, everybody.

Does anyone here suffer from agoraphobia.

I'm in an intense form of it right now. It's so bad that I can only make myself go the the mailbox once a week, really late at night so that I can avoid my neighbors.

The thought of leaving my home to even see a therapist is terrifying so I basically have little support.

Has anybody here dealt with it? Or even had success with eventually getting out of the house.

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Hatchling Oct 2014 OP
whathehell Oct 2014 #1
No Vested Interest Oct 2014 #2
Hatchling Oct 2014 #7
researchseeker1 Oct 2014 #3
Stuart G Oct 2014 #4
gopiscrap Oct 2014 #5
Hatchling Oct 2014 #8
Hatchling Oct 2014 #6

Response to Hatchling (Original post)

Thu Oct 2, 2014, 08:30 PM

1. I have, twice..It's honestly not uncommon and most people get over it.

I did, both times -- .My last experience of it was ten years ago..It's never recurred.

It happened for the 2nd time about ten years ago, and I was told by my therapist

that it was a manifestation of Depression.

You really need to go to a therapist, though, it's important.

I know how you feel, Hatchling, because when mine occurred, I honestly feared

I might never get over it. I told my shrink this, and the whole thing

upset me so much, I started crying in his office, something I rarely did.

He responded, wisely, perhaps, not emphatically, but somewhat impatiently.

"Arlene", he said with a sigh, "The only people who never get over it are those who don't try".

This proved true. It lasted for about a month, as I recall -- I even went to a support group
for it a couple of times...Whether that worked or not, I don't know, but I kept testing
myself, going out, and after awhile, it just vanished.

I should point out that I had a very supportive partner that took me out, although I was
afraid even with him.

Like I said, it's really quite common, so don't be "embarrassed" to tell your friends and/or
family about it, and get one of them to take you to a therapist. You'll be fine. I promise.








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Response to Hatchling (Original post)

Fri Oct 3, 2014, 01:59 AM

2. Can you, would you get some help over the telephone, or even online?

Hoping you live near or in a community large enough to offer some counseling by those means, although with either of them the distance is not so important.

Best wishes.
Writing about the problem here is a good start.

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Response to No Vested Interest (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 07:46 PM

7. Thank you.

But I don't have a cell phone that can handle that kind of interaction and my computer is dial up.

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Response to Hatchling (Original post)

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 05:00 PM

3. No Worries

Hello Hatchling,

I'm a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and I know agoraphobia can leave you feeling paralyzed and like the world is passing you by. What's really great about our society now is technology. For issues like your technology can be a "blessing." So many practitioners (therapists) are offering telehealth or sessions through skype and the internet. This may be something you want to look into. Go on Psychology Today, look for a therapist in your area, and see if they offer this.

Good luck to you...

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Response to researchseeker1 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 06:01 PM

4. Good Luck to you too, at DU.

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Response to researchseeker1 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 8, 2014, 06:13 PM

5. Welcome to DU!

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Response to researchseeker1 (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 07:47 PM

8. Thanks for the info.

Ad good luck with your doctorate.

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Response to Hatchling (Original post)

Wed Oct 15, 2014, 07:44 PM

6. Good News!

I finally found the right combination of words in my internet searches. I found a local Clinic that specializes in agoraphobia and home therapy visits. I am so excited!

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