Well, when my girlfriend and I had a temporary split up and a couple months later she was married to some guy, I got really depressed. This was a number of years ago and my funk lasted quite a while. It got pretty deep, too. I remember taking a vacation from work and not going anywhere. Literally. I sat in my place all day and night for nearly two whole weeks. I subsisted on junk food from the corner store, which was literally 500 feet or so from my front door. That's the only place I went.
The best way I can describe the feeling is, "Why bother? Why leave when there's nothing I want to do out there?". My friends would knock on the door and I'd pretend not to be home.
It's similar to agoraphobia in that the person doesn't want to leave, but it might be for different reasons. I'm not sure about
that lady. Not all panic attacks come with dizziness and a pounding chest. Mine didn't. She could be having a modified panic attack with different symptoms or just a really deep depression. Later on I got modified or atypical panic attacks, and just before I started getting better I began getting mildly agoraphobic. It started with not wanting to go to particular places, and then eventually I didn't really go anywhere. When I did try to go somewhere I'd get an attack just about
Suggestions? She should go to her doctor and explain what she's been doing. He may change her dose, her meds, or want her to do something else. No matter what she does, the doctor needs to be a part of it. In the meantime, if she's not getting panic attacks then I might suggest that she sit on her porch, fire escape, balcony, or whatever. Just to expose herself to a little wider world.
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