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    Re: 2013 Agoraphobia Thread

    I've had psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and 12 sessions of hypnotherapy (at 50 euro a session.) Some of these treatments worked for a little while but I always slide backwards again. Part of me believes I will always be agoraphobic to some extent but the optimistic part of me keeps trying.
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    Re: 2013 Agoraphobia Thread

    Ricardo

    I will be back, to study and reply to this thread in more detail, it's great to be seeing so many people giving their experiences

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    Good thread,

    My agoraphobia is a strange beast it is hit and miss some days I'm able to leave the house and others it is like no way at all.
    Sometimes I look for the excuses not to leave the house and that really is a disappointment to me as I should be stronger.

    When I was at my worst it would be weeks on end before I would set foot out of the house and then the world seemed a scary place it was like I was walking slow and the world was zooming past me.

    Now I'm learning that my feelings I get are from my mind not my body giving up on me I feel that I can and should be able to push myself more and more but when I do I find that it is so mentally and physical draining it takes a few day to recover.

    I will watch this thread with interest.

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    im now 54,been agoraphobic since age 11,had a couple of years free from it from aged 16 to 18,dont know why other than i had a good husband i married young and a new baby followed by two more children me thinks its because i felt loved,spent most of my adult life on diazepam.after my divorce and second marrage was ok for a year again (theres that being loved again)but found out id married the man from hell i had a daughter and was expecting my 5th child,then i lost my eldest son whilst trying ti be rid of the man from hell,really bad nerves back on on diazapam,where ive stayed alone on tranqulises rasing kids on my own my parents were old but my savours they took me out everyday so at least i got out,lost my mum xmas 08 my dad had vascular demetia so i took care of him till he passed in xmas 09 they had moved next door to me so i i could help them as i couldnt go down to their house my ex was not allowed any contact with his kids,now im alone living next door to where my beloved parents lived,my kids are teenagers who dont seem to care about my anxiety bbut then thats teenagers i suppose my oldest daughters moving to cornwall and im lost and so lonely,does anyone know of any dating sites for people with mental heath problems that way id have no explaining myself to qoute normal men as i put it,people say your not ready for a relationship but i know from past that when ive someone to love and be loved by i get a lot better,ive treid dating sitesmet quite a few at my home of course ,but i get too embarraseed to say oh im a nutjob by the way lol( i dont think that) but looks i got from those i did manage to tell and never seeing them again said it all,is there anyone on this site looking for partner who maaybe cn advise me where to look,love doesnt just happen ive waited 14 years too long,i still laugh act silly im normal, like many on here just trapped by this illness best wishes to all

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    Well I am about to see a very expensive psychiatrist (250!!!) and I'm absolutely bricking it. Just taken half a diazapam to be able to leave the house. Not seeing him so much for my agoraphobia but my mental breakdown in general.
    I've built this up to be my last resort. So scared.
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    Good luck with your appointment steveo. He'd better be a bl***y miracle worker for 250. I'd want him to do my ironing too at that price!
    Have you been in contact with your GP at all? You should be able to access CBT through the NHS by being referred by your GP.
    There is also an organisation called No Panic. Have a look at their website. They run a telephone helpline if you want to talk through any worries about your anxieties. It is run by volunteers who have all had anxiety problems or are going through recovery themselves. They do not judge, are very kind and understanding about your concerns.
    They also run one to one and group CBT courses over the telephone. I have done a group course and am hoping to do another before too long. http://www.nopanic.org.uk/resources.html click the Click Here link in the middle of the page.
    There is never a last resort, there is always something worth working towards. It's just that we get to feel so absolutely bogged down and wretched about the whole thing that we forget to appreciate ourselves for all the good things we are and can do. And we are good people and there are lots of good things that we can do. Thinking negatively becomes a terrible habit, a trap that we all fall into at times. I am just coming out of such a period myself.
    Please let us know how your appointment went this afternoon and if we can help you in any way.

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    Hi lindadiana. Goodness, you had been through the mill haven't you. I am so sorry to read of all the losses you have had.
    I'm afraid I am going to join in with your friends about the dating thing at the moment. How about you concentrate just on yourself at the moment, put all your energy into loving you and doing things that make you happy and not worry about anyone else. Make some steps toward recovery then you won't have to worry about explaining yourself and if the time comes to do just that you can be proud of what you have achieved. I am about your age, just a couple of years younger and I don't have a partner either.
    You are a good person who deserves to be happy. Learn to love yourself first and to have confidence in your own abilities then hopefully the right man will walk into your life without you having to go on dating sites. Hark at me, I'm beginning to sound like Marje Proops. There is probably a man who has his eye on you anyway and when you start to get out a bit more and smiling instead of worrying about panic he will be there waiting to sweep you off your feet. (The local road sweeper just sprung to mind then)
    Just don't worry about a man at this time, put yourself first and concentrate on getting to a better place with the agoraphobia thingy.
    Have you ever been referred for any kind of therapy by your GP? Would you consider going to see someone for help? As I have just mentioned to steveo in my previous post, No Panic are a lovely group of people. They are another option to consider for your recovery. Please keep them in mind and don't hesitate to call them for help. They have helped me. I can't get out for support so they are ideal for those of us who have problems like ours.
    Recovery isn't easy, it is exhausting and frustrating but I hope you will stick with us and we can all help and support each other as we take our little steps to getting out and about again.
    I hope I haven't put you off as I'd love to hear if you have any ideas how you would like us to support you. Please keep in touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremx View Post

    Sometimes I look for the excuses not to leave the house and that really is a disappointment to me as I should be stronger.

    When I was at my worst it would be weeks on end before I would set foot out of the house and then the world seemed a scary place it was like I was walking slow and the world was zooming past me.

    Now I'm learning that my feelings I get are from my mind not my body giving up on me I feel that I can and should be able to push myself more and more but when I do I find that it is so mentally and physical draining it takes a few day to recover.

    Hi xtremx. You have probably summed up how we all feel I reckon.
    Don't make the mistake of pushing yourself. Accept that this is how you are feeling. That some days it is easier to go out than others and if you are feeling absolutely drained then don't feel bad about having a days rest. When we are exhausted then the anxiety levels rise and it is understandable that the panic is more difficult to accept and relax into.
    Feeling guilty because you missed a day going out is negative thinking. Concentrate on all the days you have been out, accept that you are tired and that it will do you good to recharge your batteries for your next outing.
    Even those who have no anxiety about going out enjoy a day or two at home thinking about nothing in particular.
    You don't have to take giant leaps into recovery, that's when the anxiety will rocket. Take small steps forward, enjoy being out and being able to work through those lesser feelings of anxiety and gradually widen your comfort zone. Accept that recovery cannot be hurried, it takes as long as it takes and it will then be more likely to all fall into place.
    Good luck.

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    Thanks for the luck... turns out my mum got the wrong bl**dy day! It's tomorrow at 4:30pm! I took a diazapam and spent the day shaking about leaving the house for no reason. I only found out when I got there! Still I wouldn't of left the house otherwise so me and my dad went for a nice walk around a lake.
    He is the top dog apparently. Registered doctor in 1978 and then went on to do psychiatry. He has been specialising in anxiety and depression as a consultant for longer than I've been alive. That's just the price for going private.
    Unfortunately CBT isn't available here on the NHS so i've been paying privately for that too!
    Bit annoying when I'm not working (self employed but not taking on any clients).
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    Oh no. All that build up too. At least you had a nice afternoon with your dad though so it has been a positive day. Try to relax this evening, I expect you are feeling quite wound up with tension at the moment and I hope all goes well for you tomorrow.

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    Steve - how many sessions for 250

    Who told you CBT wasn't available there? The NICE guideline say everyone has have an option of CBT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtremx View Post
    Sometimes I look for the excuses not to leave the house and that really is a disappointment to me as I should be stronger.

    When I was at my worst it would be weeks on end before I would set foot out of the house and then the world seemed a scary place it was like I was walking slow and the world was zooming past me.
    This sounds exactly like me. Even now I feel that derealisation when I am out. I explained it to my therapist as like being in a bubble and everything around me was distorted and whooshing around. I think it's our minds way of trying to protect us, like we are there, but not, shutting out the external stimulus which could trigger panic

    I also believe the reason we look for excuses not to go out is because we feel most safe in our home. That is our comfort zone and the place we would want to be if we were to go into full blown panic mode. I'm sure others will relate to this too. Kitti
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