Getting panic attacks when I leave the house ( Agorophobia ):((

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Ugh I got pretty bad Agorophobia , I don't go anywhere and as soon as I start driving somewhere I get super anxious and that turns in to a panic attack. And they are so severe . And my problem is that I believe that the panic attacks can kill you , I know they say that they are harmless but when my pulse is at 180 and going on and on I think other wise witch makes it even harder for me to facet them  and leave the house . Anyone has had Agorophobia ? And success stories , 

I'm not taking any meds by the way scared to take them .

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    Hi,  i get exatly what you get it is hard for me to leave the house and i have to drive to work which is 60km away one way.  I have had to go on medication or i would have lost my job and my mind.  This has happened to me a few years ago and only medication helps.  I honestly did not want to take medication and it was such a struggle for me to go on.  I had side effects which made my anxiety even worse but luckily doctor prescribed me xanor which helped.  By the third week i was feeling much better and could stop the xanor.  You are not alone in this.  I was focusing on my heart rate which would also go up extremely high like yours and it would make it worse.  The meds help to control all that.  Im on serrapress 30mg a day which does not have severe side effects.  I was scared of everything and i still am trying to get through it.  You must remember you are not alone and you cannot die from anxiety. Hope this helps and please keep in touch
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    I suffer from really bad anxiety and panic attacks and now find it really hard to leave the house, although I make myself do the same journey everyday it never gets any easier. I haven't worked in 4 months and symptoms just seem to take over me, even though I know nothing bad is really going to happen. I'm currently on no medication cos I'm scared to take it, I've tried yoga, meditation, massage, breathing exercises. Don't know what else to do my lifes a wreck.had panic attacks before and overcome them, but this is far worse, can't shake it.
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    Hi, I have had the same experience on two separate times in my life (and seems to be coming back at the mo).  The first time it was happening i was terrified. I couldn't leave the house. The thing that helped me get my life back (without medication) was a group CBT class. I learnt everything there was to know about panic attacks and how it affects you, learnt that i wasn't special or different, other people experienced exactly the same and finally, was given various tasks to do or asked to record my feelings in certain situations.  This really helped build up the evidence that i would actually be ok.  Oh and also, a good friend would take me for little outings to help build my confidence.  Good Luck, you will be ok. xx
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    I'm just like you. I was ill for around 4 months because of this, at Secondary school i'd just run home or be ill a lot and in high school I was ill for a while then developed a fear of going back. I hated it that much that the only person I could trust was my form tutor who looked out for me so much, he came to pick me up from my house and took me to school, that made me feel so much better, but then I kept walking to school with my friends, helped so much.

    But I don't like going out either, same as you for when I'm driving, I just hate it.

    Breathing like for example *breathe in* count to four, *breathe out* count to four, this kind of works, would like other techniques too!

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    we wish we could never leave home that's the safest place on earth to be for us but we have too I used to suffer from the same phobia so i know how it feels think that u are safe everywhere that helps me a little
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