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Agoraphobia: Fear of Leaving Your House

Updated on August 28, 2012

Agoraphobia Makes You a Prisoner

People with the worse cases of Agoraphobia fear leaving their home.  They live a life of depending on someone to meet their needs much like a prisoner depends on someone to bring them food.
People with the worse cases of Agoraphobia fear leaving their home. They live a life of depending on someone to meet their needs much like a prisoner depends on someone to bring them food. | Source

Introduction

Do you have a fear of leaving your house or know someone who has a fear of leaving their home? I got my life back and so can you. Read my story and find out how I got rid of Agoraphobia.

My Story of Dealing with Agoraphobia

My Agoraphobia started when I went to kindergarten. My mother had to take a broomstick and poke me until I crawled out from under the bed. I did not like the idea of being in a classroom full of kids.

As a child I was not too sociable. I stayed in the shadows! I didn't bother nobody. I did not like crowds. It didn't take long for the bullies to notice. Kids use to bully me in school because fear made me into a victim of bullies.

At the time nobody knew what Agoraphobia was including my doctor.

When I got in my teen's the Agoraphobia got worse. I started fighting in school. I started skipping school. My grades were barely passing.

I started using drugs and alcohol. I became depressed and suicidal. I knew something was wrong.

I had seen several doctors for several years. Taking every antidepressant on the market. I took pills for panic attacks, anxiety attacks and depression but nothing worked.

I just felt so alone inside with a huge voice inside screaming for help, but no one could hear me!

The more responsibilities I had in life and the more people I had to deal with the worst my Agoraphobia got.

I felt like a prisoner in my own body! I started drinking and drugging in my early teen's. I started to get into trouble in school for finally standing up to those bullies.

I signed up for a job program and wound up going to beauty school. It seemed like I was finally getting my life back.

I got a job making really good money! I was finally happy!

I stopped the drinking and drugs. I stop seeing mental health doctors and stopped taking their pills. I was finally free I thought!


How I Got My Life Back from Agoraphobia

When my mother died of cancer my Agoraphobia started to come back. I knew something was wrong but didn't know what? I was scared to drive at times or go shopping or go to any public places.

I even feel uncomfortable if there was too many people in my house. So someone told me to file for disability for my back pain and for Agoraphobia.

I had to show my mental health records which went years back. Records for being in mental health centers and rehabs.

When I filed for disability I had to show them all my medical records and statements from friends and family.

When I went to the disability doctor he had a name for my symptoms called Agoraphobia. I had no idea what Agoraphobia was so I did some research.

What I Had to Do to Deal with Agoraphobia

If you're not sure if you suffer from Agoraphobia here is the symptoms that you may be experiencing. When I finally got a name for my mental illness. I was able to deal with my issues with Agoraphobia.

I found out I had to deal with the fear. Fear was the main cause of the panic attacks and anxiety attacks.

I started keeping a journal of my thoughts before, during and after my attacks. While jounaling about my attacks. I realized my fear was centered around fear of having another attack.

The more I was worried about having a panic attack the more I had panic and anxiety attacks.

I came to realize that my thoughts were triggering my Agoraphobia symptoms.

So I started paying attention to my thinking and thought process. Every time I started to have a negative thought I would stop the thought and replace the thought with something positive or happy.

Watching what I was thinking took practice and work.

It took about 2 weeks to where I didn't have any more attacks. The panic attacks and anxiety disappeared.

I started to venture out of the house. Telling myself everything is great nothing to worry about nobody is going to hurt me.

I didn't have any type of anxiety the first few times I went shopping. Which gave me confidence in myself.

The more I did the more confident I got to do more. If I felt panicky I would reassure myself everything is alright and keep doing whatever it was I was doing.

Over a period of time I had less and less attacks. I haven't had any attacks for 3 years now.

I am not saying I will never have another panic attack or symptoms of Agoraphobia but as long as I don't worry or focus on having anymore attacks I don't have any attacks.

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    • 4wardthinker profile image

      4wardthinker 

      6 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      Wow! What an amazing story of strength and courage to share with others. You are a great example of someone who has faced your fears rather then masking them with chemical dependence. Thanks for sharing and encouraging others with your story.

    • g-girl11 profile image

      g-girl11 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on overcoming your fears. That could not have been easy. I'm sure this hub will give others with the same symptoms hope that they can overcome them, too. Thanks for the link! It is amazing what we can accomplish with the power of our minds and with positive thinking!

    • Redberry Sky profile image

      Redberry Sky 

      6 years ago

      This is such good insight, Tamron, we all really do focus our fears on the fear of fear itself rather than on reality. This sounds like such a good way to overcome all kinds of different fears - the next time I have a bit of panic over something (my big one is spiders - irrational, I know!) I'll try using your method of looking at what's really triggering it and try to replace my irrational thoughts with positive ones. Voted up and more :)

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