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Default Chronic Anxiety with Agoraphobia. I can't get out of my house.

Hello, I have chronic anxiety, bipolar, depression and now agoraphobia.
I wonder if someone here can relay to what I am going through. I can be in a social situation, but my problem is how to get there. Once I am talking with someone or a group of people, even the ones I just meet, I am fine.
But getting out of my house is my big issue.

I am in a very bad place right because of severe anxiety that developed in Agoraphobia. I am not leaving my house alone for the last five months. I am going back to therapy in a month. I am so afraid to go outside, drive, even getting the mail become so difficult. I am very aware of my situation, in treatment for years with very good Psychiatrist and Therapist. I just stuck myself this last winter, unable to move forward. My Psychiatrist changes my medications dose, but still, I am not getting any better. It is complicated because I need to come back to therapy but I am not because of the fears of driving and being outside. I really need some encouragement. Thank you for reading. The best for all of you. Hugs
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Maybe taking a taxi, Uber, or Lyft might be helpful. Then you are not alone except going out to the car.
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Nemo, what a great idea! I live in the suburbs, so paying a taxi, Uber is not something I can do often. Still is a way out!

If I was living in a City I am sure I will be going out. It is the big open spaces that I am afraid of, it is something that I believe has to be over soon. It was the winter, the isolation I put myself into, last so long, so now it is like starting all over. My husband is taking me everywhere. It is not fair for him. I am going to work really hard to overcome this. But it is an illness no something you just make it up. That I know for sure.

Thank you for your suggestion. Let me know that I am not alone. Hugs
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Nemo, what a great idea! I live in the suburbs, so paying a taxi, Uber is not something I can do often. Still is a way out!

If I was living in a City I am sure I will be going out. It is the big open spaces that I am afraid of, it is something that I believe has to be over soon. It was the winter, the isolation I put myself into, last so long, so now it is like starting all over. My husband is taking me everywhere. It is not fair for him. I am going to work really hard to overcome this. But it is an illness no something you just make it up. That I know for sure.

Thank you for your suggestion. Let me know that I am not alone. Hugs
I have very bad anxieties can cause a lot of problems I also have agoraphobia .What u can try is this if you can put one foot out the door until you feel comfortable,Then see if you put both feet out the door.It may help some.It helped me to get outside and sit .A couple of years ago I wouldn t be caught dead sitting outside.My late husband use to take me everywhere.I have a hard time just getting into a car then have to go somewhere ugh.I would much rather be at home.
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I have very bad anxieties can cause a lot of problems I also have agoraphobia .What u can try is this if you can put one foot out the door until you feel comfortable,Then see if you put both feet out the door.It may help some.It helped me to get outside and sit .A couple of years ago I wouldn t be caught dead sitting outside.My late husband use to take me everywhere.I have a hard time just getting into a car then have to go somewhere ugh.I would much rather be at home.
Thank you so much Your suggestions mean a lot to me. Also, thank you for sharing with me what you have done to get better.

Right now, I will do it! I am going to drive to the supermarket. I have a short list so I will have to put my one foot out of the door and keep going.

Writing here already give me so much hope. I am not alone. Thank you so much!
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Thank you so much Your suggestions mean a lot to me. Also, thank you for sharing with me what you have done to get better.

Right now, I will do it! I am going to drive to the supermarket. I have a short list so I will have to put my one foot out of the door and keep going.

Writing here already give me so much hope. I am not alone. Thank you so much!
I did it, just come back. I didn't have a panic attack. The problem is that after coming back my brain can't stop thinking. Racing thoughts that are more than just thinking fast. I am bipolar and now I am into a mild manic episode because the racing thoughts are not stopping. The only thing that helps me is medication.

But I did go to the supermarket!
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I have the same thing. I cannot leave the apartment unless someone accompanies me, especially my husband (I feel most comfortable being out with him). I have agoraphobia, avoidant personality disorder, generalized and social anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder. Those are my diagnoses, anyway. I feel absolutely trapped in my apartment and completely alone, even when I'm with people. I feel like I'm different and they couldn't possibly understand. I just wish that I had someone as a friend who also goes through this.
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I have schizoaffective/bipolar and really bad anxiety as well. I'm similar with the social situations, once I'm talking to someone I'm okay but I have such a hard time leaving the house, I have anxiety just about sitting at the picnic bench a few feet away from my apartment. I've had times in my life where I'd stay inside for months. It has t been that bad lately but I still seriously struggle with leaving the house at all. And I want to. I want to be able to spend an hour or so out reading or going to do something but it's hard to actually do it
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I have the same thing. I cannot leave the apartment unless someone accompanies me, especially my husband (I feel most comfortable being out with him). I have agoraphobia, avoidant personality disorder, generalized and social anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder. Those are my diagnoses, anyway. I feel absolutely trapped in my apartment and completely alone, even when I'm with people. I feel like I'm different and they couldn't possibly understand. I just wish that I had someone as a friend who also goes through this.
Hello, I am sorry you are going through the same situation I am right now. Well, have been going on and off for years. I have the same feelings you described, trapped at home by my own chronic anxiety. I only go out with my husband, bless his heart.

You are not alone, feel free to contact me at any time. Hugs
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I have schizoaffective/bipolar and really bad anxiety as well. I'm similar with the social situations, once I'm talking to someone I'm okay but I have such a hard time leaving the house, I have anxiety just about sitting at the picnic bench a few feet away from my apartment. I've had times in my life where I'd stay inside for months. It has t been that bad lately but I still seriously struggle with leaving the house at all. And I want to. I want to be able to spend an hour or so out reading or going to do something but it's hard to actually do it
I am so glad to see that I am not alone. I want to be able to spend hours outside my house like normal people do without even have to think about it. I still have hope. I hope one day there will be better medications to help us, a better way to cope with Agoraphobia. Meantime please let all keep in touch and see how we are doing.

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