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I've had GAD for about a year and it's awful! I have trouble driving anywhere, and panic when I go shopping. I go anyway, and I drive to therapy appointments, but it's SO difficult. I feel best at home but I am anxious alone also. I totally understand your predicament! I have been
on an antidepressant (Celexa) but it hasn't helped so I'm getting off it. Anxiety is not fun at all! Hugs!
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I've had GAD for about a year and it's awful! I have trouble driving anywhere, and panic when I go shopping. I go anyway, and I drive to therapy appointments, but it's SO difficult. I feel best at home but I am anxious alone also. I totally understand your predicament! I have been
on an antidepressant (Celexa) but it hasn't helped so I'm getting off it. Anxiety is not fun at all! Hugs!
Thank you for sharing, means a lot to me. Yes, anxiety is not fun at all.

I was driving to therapy with a lot of fears until four months ago. Then the depression hit me badly, I started new medications, new doses, all changed. I got to the point of can't get out of my house alone.

Last week, after writing here I went out, I drove, I walked around the neighborhood. But that was it.

I will try again tomorrow. I set it as my priority. It is as you said so, so difficult.

I hope we keep in touch. Hugs
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I am in big trouble. Today I have to buy many things from the supermarket. I will have to drive there. We all talk here about how difficult it is to get out of our house. Now I have no choice.
I can't stand being like this, the rest of the world keeps moving, going out without having to think one second about it and here I am paralyzed for a simple thing to do ...

I wish to have a friend that lives close to me so we can go together until I am better, but that is not my reality. Also, the sooner I face the truth that I some point I will be all alone and nobody to bring me food, take me out, etc. the better I will be. I am so afraid that is ridiculous but it is not for me.

At least I know for this post that I am not alone in my journey. If you pass by, leave me a comment. I will appreciate it very much, indeed.
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I could have written your post! I feel the same way. I panic when I have to go out, especially to a store. I do it but can't wait to get home. I get light-headed and shaky inside. Often I feel pressure in my head too. The weather is changing and my allergy symptoms complicate things. I never had agoraphobia before!

So, did you go? How was it?
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Many grocery stores deliver now, thru apps like Shipt. I think we are aging in very fortunate times, that such resources are generally available.
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Many grocery stores deliver now, thru apps like Shipt. I think we are aging in very fortunate times, that such resources are generally available.
Off topic.. But Lee Van Cleef is my favorite western actor.
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Off topic.. But Lee Van Cleef is my favorite western actor.
I know, right?? I think i finally raised my self-esteem enough to admit THATS who i want for my avatar. Not so off-topic, i was thinking, now i leave the house when i - lee van cleef! - want to, and i dont worry about not meeting someone else's standards. Even if it means i miss funerals.
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I could have written your post! I feel the same way. I panic when I have to go out, especially to a store. I do it but can't wait to get home. I get light-headed and shaky inside. Often I feel pressure in my head too. The weather is changing and my allergy symptoms complicate things. I never had agoraphobia before!

So, did you go? How was it?
I did go to the supermarket! I drove there, once I am inside I am not afraid at all, but I do want to come home as soon as possible. But many times like today, I want to stay longer, just look around, walk and wishing I can go other places no just the supermarket. I am very hard on myself. Still working on that part of me too. Sighs.

So, that is the very good news, I also went busy cooking chicken stroganoff. Now I am here happy to see your message, we are not alone!

I think having a small goal each day is helping me.

The big problem will be, as you said so, drive to my therapist clinic. It is located half an hour from my house, I have to drive on the highway that is really difficult for me.

How are you feeling when you know the night before that you will Have To get out and drive? I got anxious, catastrophic thoughts. I hope you don't have them.

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I know, right?? I think i finally raised my self-esteem enough to admit THATS who i want for my avatar. Not so off-topic, i was thinking, now i leave the house when i - lee van cleef! - want to, and i dont worry about not meeting someone else's standards. Even if it means i miss funerals.
Well, I respect your wishes for not leaving your house whenever you feel like. You can do whatever you want. I salute you

Now, my problem here, in this post is overcome Agoraphobia.

For that reason, for me, it is important to get out of my house. Face my fears, and go out!

I feel terribly isolated from my own mind. It is hurting my quality of life. My goal is to be able to come back to therapy. All these should be me driving, I can call a taxi, but that is not the point.

Anyways, you put a smile on my face lee van cleef fan girl. Thank you for stopping by, hugs
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I did go to the supermarket! I drove there, once I am inside I am not afraid at all, but I do want to come home as soon as possible. But many times like today, I want to stay longer, just look around, walk and wishing I can go other places no just the supermarket. I am very hard on myself. Still working on that part of me too. Sighs.

So, that is the very good news, I also went busy cooking chicken stroganoff. Now I am here happy to see your message, we are not alone!

I think having a small goal each day is helping me.

The big problem will be, as you said so, drive to my therapist clinic. It is located half an hour from my house, I have to drive on the highway that is really difficult for me.

How are you feeling when you know the night before that you will Have To get out and drive? I got anxious, catastrophic thoughts. I hope you don't have them.

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A thousand times YAY for going out! I was thinking about you today as I debated in my mind whether I should go out for a walk. I didn't. But I looked out the windows.

You guys are definitely not alone...agoraphobia can come in waves. It was very severe for me 20 years ago. Now I understand it as an anxiety that has grown to a point where it takes over logic. Kind of like you are on a tight rope and you have "whatever you do, don't look down!" repeating in your mind. You might even close your eyes. Then one day open them, look down, and the ground is just inches away after all.

Last weekend I had to go to a mall. At all times I avoid malls. I made my husband take me and I really wanted to just order the thing I needed online. Anyway...we went. I bought the thing. And then 2 days later when I tried it on, it was the wrong size. UUUUUUGGGHHHHHH. I actually considered not saying anything, and not doing anything about it. Then I looked online (where I normally shop) and thought about just buying a new one in the right size. My husband wound up taking me again...I literally said, "Bye (store), see you never again."

LOL. It sounds crazy. But this is the struggle. Right? Something fritzy in us that is powerful. But we are even more powerful.

Small goals. Small things to prove to ourselves that we can. It doesn't mean we always will. But it means that compassion and acceptance are the keys to getting outside...


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