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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 9/30/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
cool  thank you all for such a warm welcome.
I'm allready feeling so good about finding this wonderful site.
I have anxiety,panic disorder as well agoraphobia and are able to leave your home with a safe person.
Can anyone tell me how they cope eg:while shopping going for a walk ect...
I was doing not too bad while I was out of my safe place as long as I was not alone that is, but I hit rock bottom again with depression about a month ago and I feel like I am starting from day one all over again this time worse.
Two steps forward 20 steps back mad confused sad life sucks big time these days.
They say exposure exposure exposure but it's so darn hard when your so full of fear to keep putting yourself somewhere where you feel like your going to die.
I don't leave my home alone,don't even go in my yard.I rarely check the mail if I'm home alone.
Can't walk my poor dogs,I feel like such a loser not to able to do such simple things in life.
How do you all cope with stuff?
I have been in 2 day treatment group sessions for cognivebehavior theraphy and once for one on one.
I see my shrink once every two weeks or a least once a month to deal with my anxiety,panic and depression and my gp for all the other wonderful phyical stuff that so lovingly comes alone with this disease.
But where to we get help for the agoraphobia?
OOOP! my god I am rambling on....
Well thats all my venting for looking forward to meeting all of you :)
One more ? do you have a weekly chat here?

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 9/30/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there Dottie! Glad you feel so welcome and comfortable here...this is truly a great site!!!

I had some issues with agoraphobia in the recent past...up til June when I got put on Lexapro...actually in July when it started to actually work. I think I have some form of depression, and I definatley have issues with panic attacks and anxiety. I also have a slight issue with OCD...(details on that another time.) That is just a little about me.

I know a lot of what you are feeling right now, like feeling like a loser, and stuff. REST ASSURED...You are NOT a loser. You are ill, and you need help. It happens to the best of us.

When I first came here, I found it totally helpful to read old posts, as I was able to find so many answers tehre alone.

As for a of right now, we don't have a weekly chat planned, but check the chat room often, cuz there are often people in there throughout the day. Who knows, maybe we could set up a weekly chat if enough people are interested.

Again, I want to extend a warm welcome to you, and know that you can come here anytime for help!!! This is an awesome bunch of people!!

Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
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

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 9/30/2007 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Dottie, Kitt here.

You mentioned exposure therapy.  Other types of therapy, such as cognitive therapy, assertiveness training, biofeedback, hypnosis, meditation, or relaxation,  were found to be helpful for some patients. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a combination of cognitive therapy, which can modify or eliminate thought patterns contributing to the your  symptoms, and behavioral therapy, which aims to help the patient their behavior.

We have members that have the same issues as you do and I am sure they will be along to offer support.
Take a look at this article from our resources.
Gentle Hugs
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


New Member

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 10/1/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks TammyGrl0528 & stkitt
I really appreciate your support.
I would love to be apart of a weekly chat,I think it would be a great idea.

I have been through cognitive behavioral therapy twice in group setting as well as one on one.
But for some reason nothing much seems to stick in my brain, just bits and pieces.
people tell me that maybe I'm just not ready to get it.
Does anyone else have problem with this?
Have a great evening

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