exposure is good but you need to learn and use new ways of coping with the stress when out and using these
such as deep slow breathing, relaxing the muscles, day dreaming, etc
the stress shouldnt be fought against, but coped with
I went flying again, I haven't done this in so long but after flying into Anchorage and back I when back to my old airport that I learned how to fly miny years ago and when't up with my old insuctor(sp) flying in the old cesna 140 tail wheel and I still have the tail wheel dance in me on landings
I really do miss flying and owning a plane it's like a freedom from the world, funny I could fly with an anxiety disorder but not with diabetes even if I have it under control.
But I'm thinking about buying an ultra light aircraft at lease I can fly it without a licence and having diabetes I never even thought about it as braking out though it's just been something I have alway's loved doing.
Exposure is what helped me when I was Agoraphobic, I haven't been agoraphobic for years.
I really got exposure today though, I was driving to town and realized I forgot to take my Klonopin, oops, panic time. But no panic, I did very well, I did grocery shopping, wally's world and a few other stores without panicking, I really enjoyed my little shopping spree and stayed out for about 4 hours and drove home.
I think your doing very well, 25 mins compared to 10 is a big accomplishment plus going to the mall even though you are afraid of a P/A just shows how hard you are trying, and how well you are doing. Feel proud of yourself, I do.
Take Care & Happy New Year