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Old 12-14-2008  
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I WAS a sufferer for years, I said this in another thread, it is good advice trust me on that:

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I suffered agorophobia/panic disorder for years and conquered it, you can too!

each time you get out of the car/house/safetyzone, push it so you spend more than five minutes, tolerate more, set yourself a target of 7 mins, then next time 9 mins, then 12 and so on....(exposure)

here's another good one, go out of your front door, walk down your path to your front gate, then go back inside, venture further everytime you do it

you can beat agoraphobia by constantly challenging it

you have to do it by baby steps, a little at a time but it does work, I've got better and people I have helped have too, it can be done.

are you seeing a therapist? they really will help you!

get intouch with people on here who suffer or have suffered agorophobia, it helps to know how others conquered/are dealing with it Smile
This is called systematic desensitization for those of you looking for a therapy process for this route.
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Old 12-17-2008  
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the adivce about gradually facing your fears is very good and i believe that it will work
my only problem is actuaally getting the willpower to actuallyu put myself in that position though
anyone help?
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Just take small walks then its not to trying for you at the beginning, just tell your seolf Im going out for some fresh air. Then gradually go slightly further.
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Every day is different though. Depending on what else is going on in your life, you can easily lose confidence again, affected by something else, or that's what I find.

I have made steps before, but then fell back into my 'safe' world.

Confidence is the answer, but how do you get it, and keep it??!!!!
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Old 01-27-2009  
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where are the ex-agoraphobics, the people who have conquered it?

We should be helping each other - that's my point!
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Every day is different though. Depending on what else is going on in your life, you can easily lose confidence again, affected by something else, or that's what I find.

I have made steps before, but then fell back into my 'safe' world.

Confidence is the answer, but how do you get it, and keep it??!!!!

You just keep trying. There is no magic way, you keep making those steps, until the fear goes. The more you do it, the more confident you get and then before you know it, you realise that you were out alone and there was no fear. That is an amazing feeling.

I understand what you say about making steps and falling back. I did that a few times. I felt I had it beat but ended up being afraid again. However, I just kept trying. There is nothing else to do. Well there is, you can give up, but then you miss out on so much.
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Thought I'd sticky this thread, some good advice here and hope for agorophobes

‘Nietzsche says there are two kinds of people in the world. People who are destined for greatness, like Walt Disney and Hitler and then there’s the rest of us. He called us, ‘the bungled and the botched.’ We get teased we sometimes get close to greatness, but we never get there. We’re the expendable masses. We get pushed in front of trains, take poison aspirin and get gunned down in Dairy Queens.’ The Fisher King
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I was about 16 when mine started interfering with my life and it has only gotten worse but one piece of advice I will give you is no matter how impossible it seems there will be good days and bad days. Just keep trying and fight it with every fiber of your being.
I still have problems leaving the house but you have to keep trying.
My other advice is stay away from drugs especially pain killers and marijuana. I know it is different for others but for me they helped for a while and then they just made it worse. The marijuana now just makes me paranoid so I stay away from it and pain killers are not fun to come off of.
There is no one way to cure it and certainly no quick way to overcome. Just keep on keeping on.
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Old 06-18-2010  
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Yes, exposure therapy is what I was treated with. Only I fell right off that wagon (which had more to do with my relationship with her than anything else as I stopped seeing her and without someone to report to, I stopped trying).

Essentially, the therapist said to walk around the block one day, two the next, three after that, etc etc. She said no matter how you feel, even if it's, "Hey, this isn't so bad!" Go home. But that applies to, "This is the most awful I've ever felt in my life!" Make sure you complete that goal. Disregard what the anxiety tells you to do. And yes, reward yourself! Do something that makes you happy when you get home whether it be a bubble bath or playing a video game.

Unfortunately this burden does boil down to, "Just do it." But systematically, as already mentioned so you don't overwhelm yourself and make it worse. Arm yourself with an iPod, a hat, sunglasses, or a dog. Anything that makes you feel more at ease. But don't let it win. This is one thing that does not get better without one heck of a fight and the longer you're in it, the harder it is to get out. It can be done.

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Hey jeb

I find that if I have someone go with me it makes it much easier. I'm 53 years old and have been this way for 8 tears now. I can stay out for up to 2 hours if I'm with a family member. I hope this helps.







http://makeanxietyandpanicattacksgoawa.blogspot.com/

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