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   Posted 9/20/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
do you ever think that alot of anxiety suffers is caused by being alone to much like stay at home moms, which don't get me wrong is a great thing, but you feel alone , like me i live in the middle of no where, being alone so much i think has caused me to be alittle scared of people situations, i love talking to people but at the same time i am nervous , i don't if that even makes sense, but i was wondering your thoughts. turn

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   Posted 9/20/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   

I was diagnosed with lupus and lyme disease and continued to work. As soon as treatment started and I was getting more and more sick, I was forced to stay home on disability. I live alone and my friends are all pretty busy, so I'm alone 95% of the week.
Because of this, my anxiety/depression have gone through the roof.

I'm asking my dr if I can work part time now just to get out of the house and get more exposure. Sure I can get out daily to the gym or do groceries, but I need to interact with people, even though people make me nervous
As anxiety sufferes exposure is the only way to grasp the condition.

And I think even people w/out anxiety who stay home a lot will develop anxiety from being alone too much

Great topic :-)

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   Posted 9/20/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   


I feel the same as Jen but I am not afraid of people, I just don't know anyone since I retired.  All my social life was tied to my work.  My friends have moved on and I sit here wondering why I am so alone and the only friend I have that cares about me lives in Canada.

So you are right, isolation causes anxiety.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 3:54 AM (GMT -6)   
yes,living alone makes u 'feel inferior'..if u work..u r more social..
i think it does make a nervous n stuff..

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   Posted 9/22/2008 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
sigh.. this is sad.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree as well.  I've been home, between being a stay at home mom and dealing with p/a and agoraphobia, for over 18 years, have no friends, extremely limited contact with family and really no social life.  It's very hard to be physically alone and feel alone all the time.  My daughter is now 18 and works and goes to school both full time, so she's not around much and of course hubby works too.  It can make for a long day.  I do believe that it makes the anxiety worse, as I feel I have more time to think about things which of course are more often negative than not, don't have the distractions like when they are home.  I miss having people in my life, but don't feel all that comfortable meeting new people and then there's the telling them about my problems, which makes some people run. 
I try to keep busy, especially during the winter months when I don't get the outside time to keep me distracted, and that helps to keep my mind occupied and the anxiety lower, but it's still no replacement for social interaction.  It's a tough place to be in for anyone who experiences it. 
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