Agoraphobia (also can be linked with panic attacks) – Day 17 – 31 days of October link up


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I suffer from Agoraphobia. I am not confined to my home, but I have deep anxiety and panic attacks when caught in certain situations. I took a train ride that almost set me off. I am not sure how I managed to avert a major panic attack. I will not set foot on a bus.

Crowds of people around me scare the living daylights out of me. I clutch my handbag and try to make myself smaller. I avoid crowds if at all possible. You would not catch me standing in line to buy tickets or Christmas presents on Black Friday.

Tessa

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Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.

With agoraphobia, you fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line or being in a crowd. The anxiety is caused by fear that there’s no easy way to escape or seek help if intense anxiety develops. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to fear another attack and avoid the place where it occurred.

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15 thoughts on “Agoraphobia (also can be linked with panic attacks) – Day 17 – 31 days of October link up

  1. morgueticiaatoms

    My first therapist explained agorophobia in its (apparent) original context as being “fear of the marketplace.”
    And considering it’s wide open marketplace of the petri dish that causes terror and panic in me…I like her interpretation.
    Weird thing is, avoiding foods that upset your stomach for whatever reason is considered smart.
    Yet if you avoid the psychological/psychiatric triggers, you are enabling yourself to not get well, to not face your fear, to get worse…

    Fine line, but one we must walk for our own sanity and safety.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      I am sorry to hear that. I have a few friends that are totally housebound as well. I am glad that you have your sister and that she understands your feelings.

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  2. stuckinindiana

    Thanks Tessa for this share! I don’t know if I have that or not. But, I can tell you one thing. I do NOT like leaving my house or our property at all! We moved here 5 years ago from a home on the edge of the city. This place is 8 miles from the city. Just the open space with the acreage we have has made a HUGE difference in how much I go outside too.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      You are welcome. I have a huge share of everyone’s mental problems. You name it, I might have it. It is possible you have it. Depends on why you don’t leave your house or property. I wouldn’t leave my house if I was in the city much. I am afraid of city living. Even the small one near us is too much for me. And I do mean small, but it has that city living feel.

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  3. Jennifer Cook (@graceglimmers)

    Tessa-Thank you for blogging and sharing bravely about your own struggles and in turn helping others. I have anxiety and depression, and I love to blog as well! I am under you in the comments of a recent FB post in the group Bloggers Learn, Grow…so neat how God intertwines our stories. Hope you have a lovely day of rest.

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