Agoraphobia. I need some kind words :)

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Hi everyone

My situation is quite a complex one but I really need some words of support and kindness right now.

I am 17 years old and I have nearly been agoraphobic for a whole year, I ahve intrusive thoughts/OCD and severe anxiety. Now, I feel I am slowly developing a depression on top of all of this... Being in for a whole year is really tough, I feel lonely, gloomy and overall very miserable - I can't even walk up the road without major panic and a fear of fainting in public. I went into college (by taxi and back) for about half an hour just to meet with the teacher and I am doing so again tomorrow but I feel so depressed this evening that I feel I can't do it, I am just trying to remember I will feel better for doing so... What if I cry in front of them? What if I pass out and don't get back up?? I cant do this and I just want to cry so badly. I want to get out again but I fear I will not ever be able to again... Please I need some hope. Also, if anyone could give me some advice on speaking with God about finding peace that would be much appreciated smile 

Is there any agoraphobics or ex agoraphobics here??

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    Yeah I was oragnaphobic after I had my first panic attacks this year in April for a round about 4 5 month after I stayed in a shut myself away from the world

    Like you said there you have a fear about fainting infront of people and I was like that I still am to be honest soon as I go out the house I think about the what if ands and buts, just push yourself little by little day by day you will get there that's what I did take a risk now and then, take care🙂

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      No problem and just thought to myself one day I am not going to get any better if I'm just stuck in this room with the curtains closed in the dark all the time ( it was the summer) so started to push myself a little each day.

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    I know they're terrifying thoughts, but try to trick your mind.. Don't think of the worst case scenario tomorrow.. Instead, tell yourself "I'm going to see a teacher tomorrow. When I'm done, I get to come home and relax. I'll only have to be there for a half hour. I won't get scared. I won't panic. And I definitely won't pass out".

    Sometimes you just have to trick your mind.. Think of how great you'll feel if you can push yourself to do something you're scared of. There's many people who can't even do that, so be proud of yourself. Know that while you might feel like you'll pass out, chances are you definitely won't.. If you feel dizzy, slow breathing excersise. I usually bring a bottle of water with me when I'm nervous. Knowing I'm giving myself water or something sugary like a candy bar when I'm dizzy or feeling faint makes my body believe that I was only dizzy because I was hungry, and it ends up going away.

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      Thank you!! I really do appreciate your response smile I will write these things down and reiterate them in the morning! I will feel better for doing it rather than being sat at home smile

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    Hello I gather you have seen your GP regards these problems you have. If so are you having any treatment for your concerns as you need some CBT and support from a CPN. You need that support where the will help you desensitize yourself with their Help. You said you managed a Taxi if that is the case could you try going to the front gate and try to go further then further, just taking your time.

    If not you need help, if you have talked to your Doctor, you should be getting treatment and medications.

    Have you tried Breathing Exersises, or Relaxation Techniques, the Latter Mindfulness can help you realax and there are books that exlain the Technique on Amazon. Breathing Techniques can be found on the Internet as well.


    You may find some like minded sufferers on this site that may have coping techniques


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