Post Edited (Laurana75) : 9/19/2006 10:46:18 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Lyn (Howlyncat)) : 9/22/2006 4:42:03 AM (GMT-6)
agoraphobia is a general term that means panic attacks with lots of phobias, that is excess fears that make ordinary life difficult, it includes social anxiety disorder
the term panic disorder originally meant panic attacks but with no phobias, but now seems to be replacing agoraphobia
some dont like being labeled with a diagnosis with the word panic, this suggests weakness or stupidity to them
in this case the old favourite of 'anxiety due to a biochemical imballance' is kinder and not taken as an insult
Post Edited (Laurana75) : 9/19/2006 3:33:38 PM (GMT-6)
I'm so glad I stumbled across this thread.
For the last ten years I have battled with periods in my life where i was reluctant to leave my home, and would get major anxiety - especially when shopping or in traffic (or the thought of it!!). However, I have ulcerative colitis, and always just associated it to this because my "anxiety" usually comes out in the form of my stomach getting really upset to the point where I poop myself in public. Which only feeds the fear!!!
Anyhow, this morning I went to see a new doctor and was late to the appointment because it took me about 20 mins to leave the house. I explained this to her and she asked more questions about it. Then she asked how long its been going on, how frequently, etc. THEN! She asked if anyone has ever talked to me about agoraphobia. No one has, not even the psychiatrist I saw last year.
So I've done some research and it seems like I am a textbook case in terms of the situations that make my anxiety spike. However, my question is, does anyone else get an upset stomach when they are having an anxiety/panic attack?
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 9/17/2008 9:16:40 PM (GMT-6)
Hello Lisa and welcome to HealingWell,
This is an old post from 2006 so I cut out the old quote. You will find many members here who have the same issues you do.
I am wondering how you get out to meet friends and your boyfriend. How did you manage to get through the agraphobia during those times? Something must be helping. Would you mind sharing that part of your story.
Thanks and welcome again. Love to meet new members.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*