Agorophobia getting worse

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   Posted 9/11/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I am getting so much worse.  I can hardly leave my house now.
I got off Lexapro six months ago and got on Buspar.  I felt so numb on Lexapro but had a panic attack maybe once a month.  I feel EMOTIONS now! I haven't felt those in YEARS! BUt there is the downside...
NOW I have five attacks a day usually.  Or maybe its just one long panic attack that stops for a little bit and keeps going on and on and on.
This is SO UNFAIR! I am so FRUSTRATED with being TRAPPED by my life! What did I do to deserve this? Where did I go wrong?
I feel so alone.  My fiance doesn't understand and I just don't feel a connection when I try to talk to him about it.
Does anyone else feel this way? I can't go anywhere.. do anything.. I'm HELPLESS! UGH

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/11/2010 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh TG, I am so sorry that you are suffering so much right now. A few years back I had what felt like endless days of multiple attacks, or maybe it was cyclical-either way,misery! I don't know what to say except hold on. What works for one person may not work for another, but I'll outline the steps I made to recovery. I had a lot or CBT therapy-wasn't immediately helpful-had to keep going back. Improved my diet and gained some weight (had become under due to stress and gastro problems) Continued to exercise and try to get enough sleep. Practiced, and I really mean everyday, breathing and progressive muscle relaxation exercises. I also read just about every book at my local library re: A/P. Hopefully you can get the medication leveled out soon. I'm sure you've been in, or are in therapy? How's it going-maybe you need a switch, or a booster course? If it's hard to get out right now, what about Moodgym? (on-line CBT) I am actually enjoying life again-something I wasn't sure would happen before. You will get through this, there may not be a cure per say, but there is relief, and hope-you just need to find what works for you. Never give up!
Wishing peace for you,
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

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   Posted 9/12/2010 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Some of us need to be on medicaitons and I am one.  When I have gone off I will be ok for awhile but then I crash and after long dicussions with my Dr and many tears I have learned to accept that I have a chemical imbalance and off meds is not the answer for me.
I have gone through many meds looking for the right one which has increased my anxiety but I have also been lucky and was on one that held in there for over 10 years so I know meds will work for me. 
I also have depression so therapy is a big part of my life too.
I take Buspar but it is part of my mix bag of meds that together work for me. 
Never give up and remember there will be good days ahead.  One step in front of the other my friend.
Gentle Hugs,
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