Post Edited (Green Grove) : 11/15/2008 2:16:29 PM (GMT-7)
If there is a story I can relate to - it is this one. I too suffered horrible anxiety in my early 20's and almost became housebound. This was 30 years ago and it still was not talked about openly. I did not talk to people about it because I thought that they would think I was "crazy" and even thought they would take my son away from me. It was pure torture!
I knew I had to get professional help. I would drive 35 miles one way to get to my appts/counseling as they did not have any kind of help like this in the suburbs so I had to drive to a clinic in the city. On the freeway, over bridges, on elevators, you name it. I would have panic attack, after panic attack getting there and back.
I learned about "anxiety" and then they slowly had me start doing everything I was afraid to do- which was darn near everything! And once I found out I was not "crazy" (define crazy, hee-hee) I told my family and friends and ended up finding out my mother had it. And more and more people that I knew "came out"- and it ended up being a "good" thing. They were able to talk about it because I did.
That is great that you did your 20 mile trip and comfortably! It will get to a point where you will not even think about it - but for now, baby steps. Let us know how you are doing.