Hey there boxcastle. I am sorry you are feeling so lousy! I too know the feeling of being housebound, and it is sad, and depressing. I too find reading helps a bit. I am always reading books on panic, anxiety, and agoraphobia...I also find things on the web to read.
I have health anxiety, which is why I haven't yet gone to a doctor...although I was diagnosed 8 years ago with anxiety. I need a new physical and diagnosis, because I am feelign really bad lately. Thankfully, I am going Tuesday...(wish me luck)
Anyway, I suggest you keep reading, yes, but also find some help too. This isn't something you can overcome alone, believe me, I have tried.
I wish you all the best!
Dealing with panic
for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off. Major health anxiety
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now. I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
Best Wishes to all...Tammy