Dr. Claire Weekes is THE anxiety (disorder) expert, I would also recommend her books.
This is great advice, and it's what worked for me. For a while I was terrified of just going to the store or walking down the street, all I would do is stay in all day. Now I make sure to be out in the world every single day for at least an hour.Hi Delicate,
I think you should start off small, I had a period of time where I didn't leave my house for weeks and when I decided to start going back out again it felt almost like I had an elastic band attached to me like trying to pull me back to my 'safety zone' or I would get so far away from my house I would almost freeze in fear and I felt like I couldn't go any further. The things that helped me were starting off with small walks and gradually making them longer, even walking to the corner shop, it gets you used to being outside and seeing different faces etc. You could also try exercise like going for a run but then it depends how comfortable you feel. Then once you feel comfortable with that you could try socializing, going to visit a friend or a relative or anyone you want and remember you don't always have to do it on your own, you can take someone with you for support.
I wouldn't throw yourself in at the deep end because sadly that just sets you up to fail and I know that. It gradually doesn't become such a big deal to go outside. Expect to feel heightened anxiety when you first try it out but don't let that make you give in, keep on going and eventually you will get there....I only feel anxious outside if i'm driving now, if i'm out and socializing it tends to take my mind off of my own problems and it definitely helps towards recovering. You've probably heard of this but there's a book called 'hope & help for your nerves' by Dr.Claire Weekes and she has a whole section on agoraphobia in there, which is definitely helpful. I wish you the best of luck
bro I'd get a full blown panic attack if I was agoraphobic and suddenly found myself on a small plastic capsule with strangers, no way out, and 135 meters above the ground.. AND going in circles!!!BOOM!!! Ok here is your big dare... Go ride the London Eye, take a picture, and report back to us. DO IT!!!!
If you do it, you can dare me to do something, and I will do it, and take a picture, and post it.
Seriously... do it!!!
yay =) congratulations!!! that's an impressive step you took thereOh, almost forgot to mention! I went out alone, todaaayyy!It was the first time in three years. I went to the local park, and felt so free. I didn't even get that anxious reallyI need to work out what step 2 will be now. Abraxas - I will make that list up tonight!
I've been there got the T shirt, it was hell...the DP/DR was worse but the anxiety was so frustrating and life restricting, it also slows down recovery from DP/DR. However unlike DP/DR anxiety/phobias are much better understood. Have you seen the doctor? too scared to go?Hi guys,
So I suffer from agoraphobia pretty badly. I'm scared of leaving the house alone for fear of being attacked and for fear of getting so conscious of myself with DP that I suddenly have no safe zone to run to when/if I can't cope. I'm also unemployed, and staying at home day in, day out is really getting tedious. I just want to be freed from the grip of my own fear! I have no routines, nothing to do out of the house, so I am hoping that some people who don't have agoraphobia can give me some ideas of what to do to give me a reason to go out. I want to get out daily but I don't have much money so I can't spend all that time shopping, going to the cinema or eating out for instance. I would really appreciate suggestions so i can comprise a list of free outdoor activities that I can do, just to get me out alone and used to things a few times a week!
Hi JJ, thanks for your response to my thread I'm doing much better than I was then thankfully, and I just today updated this thread with my latest little achievement. I have seen my doctor about it, but I haven't had any therapy, I've just exposed myself to things very slowly.I've been there got the T shirt, it was hell...the DP/DR was worse but the anxiety was so frustrating and life restricting, it also slows down recovery from DP/DR. However unlike DP/DR anxiety/phobias are much better understood. Have you seen the doctor? too scared to go? If your that bad drop me a PM, I'm in the UK too. Keep your chin up. JJ
100% and pretty quickly although to be totally anxiety/med free was about a year. However I was functioning to over 90% fairly quickly. If you want some specific advice, again feel free to PM.Did you get over agoraphobia?